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New Garrison Commander takes over command at Redstone

During a change of command ceremony, Colonel Kelsey Smith assumed his new role as Garrison Commander.

Posted: Jul. 3, 2018 11:52 AM
Updated: Jul. 3, 2018 6:58 PM

There is now a new leader at Redstone Arsenal. 

A change of command ceremony was held marking the change in leadership. Colonel Kelsey Smith is now the new Garrison Commander. He replaces Colonel Thomas Holliday Jr., who recently announced his retirement from the military after more than 26 years of service. 

Colonel Smith has a lengthy military career, which includes deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Colonel Smith was assigned as the Senior Aviation Observer and Trainer at The U.S. Army National Training Center in California. 

However, he is no stranger to Redstone. Most recently, Colonel Smith was assigned as the Executive Officer to the Aviation and Missile Command.

He says taking over as the new Garrison Commander is an exciting new task and he looks forward to the challenge.

"I've had the opportunity to lead and serve soldiers my entire career and this is an entirely new challenge for me. The idea of managing a city for our beneficiaries and to take care of our soldiers, soldiers' families, and our community to ensure that we can serve our soldiers, is a daunting task," said Colonel Smith.

Colonel Smith assumed his new duties immediately.

Colonel Holliday and his family plan to enjoy retirement in Huntsville. He served at the Garrison at Redstone for two years. 

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