FORT KNOX, KY (WAVE) - The Army Band blaring and flags blowing in the air provided all of the necessary pomp and circumstance Friday for a major changing of the guard.
Major General Richard Mustion, the top-leader of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, stepped down and Major General Thomas Seamands was sworn in.
The task at hand is to execute global staffing needs for the U.S. Army, a mission vital to U.S. strategic and tactical readiness and success.
"It's been an honor and a privilege to serve this nation, and I will depart very, very proud to wear this uniform. So Godspeed and best wishes," said Major General Mustion,
Major General Mustion decided to retire after 34 years of service, leaving behind an honorable legacy recognized by his peers.
Now the responsibility was passed on Major General Seamands who seemed eager for the task at hand.
"It's very humbling. The whole opportunity for command itself is humbling," he said.
For Major General Seamands, moving back to the Bluegrass State is a bit of a homecoming. Most recently he worked in Washington as Director of Military Personnel Management for the Army, creating many of the policies he'll now have to see through.
"I suspect I'll probably be blaming myself for some of the policies I put in place. But it's a great opportunity. A dream come true," he said.
A dream come true with a lot of responsibility, like managing deployments and training of the world's most powerful army.
"Every soldier that puts that uniform on, their families understand how we their services. How important what they do are," he said.
An important mission we can all get behind.