There was a Change of Command ceremony at Fort Rucker on Thursday as Brigadier General Michael McCurry II took command of the Army base and its helicopter school.

“Commander Maj. Gen. David Francis welcomed incoming Commander Brig. Gen. Michael McCurry II at yesterday's Change of Command Ceremony at the Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker,” U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville said. “Please join me in thanking Maj. Gen. Francis for his faithful service to our country and welcoming Ft. Rucker's new commander to Alabama.”

Gen. McCurry was formerly the Deputy Commanding General for Support of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Humphries in South Korea. He was most recently the Director of Force Development, G-8, for the U.S. Army and stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. He was promoted to Brigadier General on June 2, 2019.

Lt. Gen. Theodore D. Martin, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth commander, facilitated the ceremonial passing of the unit colors from the outgoing to the incoming leader.

Gen. Francis has been the commander at Fort Rucker since June 2019. He moves on to his next assignment as director, J-3 Operations/Cyber, U.S. Africa Command, Germany.

Fort Rucker was named the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in 2008. It serves as the headquarters for U.S. Army Aviation. While the garrison command manages the daily operations of the Fort Rucker community, the Aviation Branch Headquarters develops, coordinates and deploys aviation operations, training and doctrine. The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence also hosts various Army tenant organizations. Most of Fort Rucker is in Dale County.

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