New Leader on Fort Rucker

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A new leader assumed command on Fort Rucker Monday

Fort Rucker rolled out the red carpet for Colonel James Muskopf Monday morning. He's the army post's new Garrison Commander.

“Today was the Fort Rucker change of Commander for the Garrison which is commanded by a colonel and that colonel is basically the city manager here at Fort Rucker. (He) manages the infrastructure, maintains all the facilities, and also provides the services for soldiers and family members throughout the installation. It's a critical role,” said Dave Tindoll, the director of Installation Management Command.

Colonel Muskopf hails from Illinois and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“Well first of all it's just an honor and a privilege to be taking command of the great garrison of Fort Rucker,” said Colonel Muskopf.

The garrison commander is changed out every two years on Fort Rucker. Army officials say they look for certain personality traits in a replacement.

“Colonel Muskopf is a natural leader, he's a war fighter. By heart he's an aviator, he commanded an Apache battalion in Iraq,” said Tindoll.

He replaces Colonel Yvette Kelley who became Fort Rucker’s first woman Garrison Commander back in 2008.

“Colonel Yvette Kelley has done an outstanding job the past two years. She's made significant contributions to the Army family covenant,” said Tindoll.

Colonel Muskopf says he’s ready for the responsibility.

“I look forward to it as an opportunity. In any job you do in the army, from private to general, there are always challenges, but you take those challenges and turn them into opportunities. You do the best that you can and enjoy what you do,” said Colonel Muskopf.

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