Fort Rucker - Fort Ruckers welcomed a new garrison commander and command sergeant Friday.
The Army Aviation museum quickly filled with friends, family and wiregrass leaders eager to meet the men who will lead Fort Rucker for the next two years. But first they said bid farewell.
“It really has been a lot of fun commanding this great outfit here at Fort Rucker,” said Col. James A. Muskopf.
Col. Stuart J. McRae is replacing Muskopf as the garrison commander.
“I’m terribly excited,” said McRae.
His role is similar to that of a city manager. Responsibilities include managing infrastructure, maintaining facilities and providing services for soldiers and their family members.
“Most of us live to serve, and to have the opportunity to serve at the level that allows you to make an impact is phenomenal. You can’t ask for a better job,” said McRae.
McRae has been serving at Fort Rucker for the past year. He hopes to continue Muskopf and Commanding General Anthony Crutchfield’s plan for the post.
“My job is to take that job and continue with that vision. Just like in anything, I’ll be able see a little bit further and I’ll be able to take that vision on,” said McRae.
Also, retiring Command Sgt. Maj. Dwaine E. Walters passed his responsibilities on to Command Sgt. Major Buford E. Noland. Noland hopes to develop a strong relationship with McRae.
“We’ve talked about some things he would like to accomplish while in command. I am in complete agreement with that. I hope to help him accomplish those things,” said Noland.
For now, all policies and procedures remain in place.