FORT BLISS, Texas – The first Armored Division and Fort Bliss transitioned management throughout a change of command ceremony July 14 held on the Iron Soldier parade discipline right here.

Maj. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe relinquished his duties because the commanding common of 1st AD and senior mission commander of Fort Bliss to Brig. Gen. James P. Isenhower III.

Lt. Gen. Robert “Pat” White, commanding common, III Armored Corps and Fort Hood, served as host for the ceremony. A number of members of the division, Fort Bliss, and the El Paso neighborhood joined him to farewell Bernabe and welcome Isenhower. Particular company included Jeffrey Downey, particular agent in control of the El Paso Area Workplace, FBI, Gus Rodriguez, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Military for Southwest Texas, and Oscar Leeser, mayor of El Paso.

“Completely every little thing throughout Sean’s tenure as a commander, every little thing that was completed by this nice crew, was completed in an setting in contrast to every other our Military has ever skilled,” White stated, referencing the COVID-19 pandemic throughout his remarks.

Bernabe, a United States Navy Academy graduate, assumed duties because the commander of 1st AD and the senior commander of Fort Bliss in September 2020. Throughout his tenure, he led via the COVID-19 pandemic, the southern border mission, Operation Allies Welcome, and established Operation Ironclad, a Soldier first initiative, all whereas the division continued to deploy items in help of worldwide operations in protection of our Nation.

“Your management impressed optimistic change throughout El Paso, Fort Bliss, 1st Armored Division, and even the III Armored Corps. So, I commend you and your crew for taking good care of Troopers and making certain they’re educated and prepared, our job, for any problem,” White stated.

“All of us thank Maj. Gen. Sean Bernabe for main America’s little children via all these difficult instances I simply talked about and doubtless extra… making 1st Armored Division the very best division in our Military,” White continued. “Thanks for main the group, making a optimistic command local weather, making optimistic modifications whereas making certain the division was and stays prepared and deadly.”

Earlier than entering into his remarks, Bernabe thanked White for his steerage and mentorship. He then acknowledged and thanked Downey, Rodriguez, and Leeser for his or her partnership and help for the Troopers, civilians and households of Fort Bliss.

“It’s two messages in the present day. The primary message is straightforward; and it’s thanks,” Bernabe stated.

Bernabe thanked many individuals for his or her dedication and help throughout his 21 months of command, together with his spouse Jayne, his command crew, division employees, entrance workplace, set up companions and leaders.

“The second message and the final message, as I mirrored again on my time as Iron Six, that reflection introduced me to say, ‘You realize, I’m immensely pleased with the issues we’ve got completed collectively,’” Bernabe stated.

“I’m pleased with the best way we tackled dangerous behaviors in a deliberate and methodical prevention-based method,” he continued, referring to Operation Ironclad.

“I’m pleased with how this division fought throughout Warfighter 21-04. The World Class [Opposing Forces] underestimated the pace, the agility, the aggressiveness, and the damaging energy of America’s Tank Division. Iron Troopers know how you can combat. Iron Troopers win, interval,” he stated.

Bernabe went on to element his delight in the best way Group Bliss got here collectively to show Dona Ana Base Camp into Dona Ana Village to look after 11,500 Afghan company and that they had been acknowledged by the Secretary of the Military for being “the very best of America.”

“Iron Troopers are empathetic and caring teammates who present options for the nation,” he acknowledged.

He additionally highlighted the division’s reestablishment of a tradition of upkeep excellence, the division headquarters for setting circumstances for brigade success whatever the mission, the set up for managing the pandemic, and the efforts of the medical neighborhood to extend the extent of look after households and Troopers at Fort Bliss.

“I’m pleased with so many issues this ‘crew of groups’ has completed during the last 21 months. I’m proud to name myself an Iron Soldier,” Bernabe completed.

Bernabe is transferring on to function the commander of III Armored Corps.

As he transitioned to the incoming commander, White emphasised the belief and confidence he has in Isenhower’s talents to guide the first AD into the longer term.

“[The Army] typically will get issues exceptionally proper, and on this case, choosing Brig. Gen. Jim Isenhower because the commander of the first Armored Division goes past exceptionally proper,” he stated.

“He leads with generalship, which implies one thing fully totally different than simply main. Jim, I’m proud to have you ever on the crew. It’s an honor to have the ability to serve with you. I’ve bought belief and confidence in you. I’m excited that you just’re right here. I look ahead to watching this division, America’s Tank Division, the very best division in our Military, simply maintain climbing underneath your management,” he acknowledged.

Isenhower, additionally a USMA graduate, most lately served as the first Multi-Area Process Pressure commander at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The primary unit of its variety, the duty pressure is an Military modernization effort. Isenhower and his crew spearheaded the operationalization of the MDTF and the event of doctrine for this joint enabler.

Isenhower stored his remarks transient, thanking these in attendance and people who have supported him all through his profession. He then emphasised the privilege it’s to imagine command of America’s Tank Division.

From Tebessa to Medina Ridge, from Tuzla to Tikrit, the first Armored Division has lengthy instilled doubt in our adversaries and impressed belief and confidence in our allies,” Isenhower stated. “Cheryl and I are honored and privileged to face with you and to assist write the subsequent chapter within the prideful historical past of America’s Tank Division. God bless this division and set up, these extremely supportive communities, our Nation, and our Military. Iron Troopers.”

Date Taken: 07.15.2022
Date Posted: 07.15.2022 22:07
Story ID: 425096
Location: FORT BLISS, TX, US 

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