Fort Bragg general comes home to where his military career began

Army Gen. Mark Milley knows he can go home again. The 56-year-old four-star general took command Friday of the Army's Forces Command.
Army Gen. Mark Milley knows he can go home again. The 56-year-old four-star general took command Friday of the Army's Forces Command. The unit is headquartered at Fort Bragg, where Milley began his military career three decades ago as an 82nd Airborne Division second lieutenant.

During a Change of Command Ceremony Friday afternoon, outgoing FORSCOM Commander, Gen. Dan Allyn passed the colors and command to Milley.

Forces Command is the largest unit in the Army. It trains and equips more than 750,000 soldiers, including active duty, guard, and reserve components. FORSCOM supplied 80-90 percent of the combat troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. FORSCOM is Fort Bragg's higher command.

"Since World War II, FORSCOM has been in the forefront of ensuring that soldiers and leaders are ready when needed," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno during the ceremony. "Today, that responsibility is no different."

Hundreds of family and friends, watched as leadership changed hands with a handshake and hugs between two friends who began their military careers at Fort Bragg.

In an interview, Milley said budget constraints and troop strength are real challenges.

"Right now, I am confident our numbers are going to go down slightly over time, but the key is readiness of the forces that we do have," said Milley.

Earlier Friday, in private ceremonies, Milley was promoted to four-star general, and Allyn was sworn in as Army Vice Chief of Staff.

Milley said it was great to be at Fort Bragg.

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