New Commander Takes Over 7th Infantry Division At
JBLM 13 August 2019
Soldiers, families, and community members gathered to bid farewell to
Willard M. Burleson III, outgoing commanding general, 7th Infantry
Division, relinquished command to the incoming commander, Maj. Gen. Xavier
T. Brunson, during a Change of Command ceremony held on Watkins Field at
JBLM, Wash., Aug 13.In keeping with military tradition, Burleson
relinquished command by passing the 7th Infantry Division colors, which
symbolize command, to Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, commanding general, I Corps,
who then passed them to Brunson, thus endowing him with the authority of
command, and formally recognizing him as the Commanding General of the 7th
Infantry Division. "You have done what you always do so well,"
said Burleson to the Soldiers on the field. "You take a little bit of
guidance and make it happen. It has been a tremendous honor to serve with
Burleson took the opportunity to speak about all the missions his units
accomplished during his two-year command. Deployments to Afghanistan,
assisting with the California wildfires, and the Southwest Boarder Mission
to rotations in Korea, Thailand and the Philippines as part of U.S. Army
Pacific's bilateral exercises. “These Soldiers standing before you are ready,"
said Burleson. "They have answered our Nation's call to defend our
country and our way of life, and for this we should all be grateful.
“Brunson, the incoming commander, recognized and thanked Burleson for the
accomplishments of the Bayonet Division under his leadership and direction
while serving as the commander of 7th ID. Brunson graduated from Hampton
University and was commissioned into the Infantry in 1990. As a General
Officer, he served as Assistant Commanding General (Support), United States
Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg, NC and Operation Inherent
Resolve and Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 10th Mountain Division
at Fort Drum, NY.
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Those in attendance were treated to a tour of the Lewis Army Museum
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