SCHOFIELD (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a day of pomp and circumstance at Schofield Barrack's Weyand Field. Two great leaders exchanged of salutes as one stepped in to take command, while the other exits.
Since February 2010, Major General Bernard Champoux held the reins of the Tropic Lightning Division and led his men through an especially difficult deployment to Iraq for Operation New Dawn.
"Unfortunately we have not bought back all our Tropic Lightning soldiers home," Mjr. Gen. Bernard Champoux said, "but they and their families reside in our soul... in this division's soul."
As the last U.S. division commander on the ground in Iraq, Major General Champoux was directly responsible for overseeing what was needed to withdraw U.S. forces from the war-torn country. 2 years later, the mission is complete.
"Thank you all for all you do and have done. Thank you for your faithful service, love, support and friendship. It has been an honor of a lifetime and to wear the tropic lighting patch is an honor. Mahalo nui loa, malama pono, ahui ho," said Mjr. Gen. Champoux.
Major General William Fuller now takes over command of the U.S. Army Pacific's 25th Infantry Division.
From Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he has served as Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
"I'm both humbled and honored to assume duties of your commanding general," said Mjr. Gen. William Fuller. "I look forward to serving with all of you."