Support our mission
 
Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Coggin, left, 8th U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, center, and incoming 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John Morgan III stand at the front of the formation during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey.
Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Coggin, left, 8th U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, center, and incoming 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John Morgan III stand at the front of the formation during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Coggin, left, 8th U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, center, and incoming 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John Morgan III stand at the front of the formation during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey.
Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Coggin, left, 8th U.S. Army Commander Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, center, and incoming 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John Morgan III stand at the front of the formation during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Members of the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment’s salute battery fire cannons during the 2nd Infantry Division change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey.
Members of the 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment’s salute battery fire cannons during the 2nd Infantry Division change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Units from the 2nd Infantry Division display their colors during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey.
Units from the 2nd Infantry Division display their colors during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Coggin passes the division’s colors to 8th U.S. Army commander Lt. Gen. David Valcourt during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey.
Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. James Coggin passes the division’s colors to 8th U.S. Army commander Lt. Gen. David Valcourt during the 2nd ID change of command ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division bade farewell to one commander and welcomed another during a ceremony Wednesday at Camp Casey.

Maj. Gen. John Morgan III took command of the division from Maj. Gen. James Coggin.

Coggin is retiring after 33 years of military service.

“Warriors, I love you, and I will miss you,” Coggin told his troops after thanking his command, friends and family for his success. “I will take off the big black patch from my sleeve today but never from my heart. I will seek to continue to devote my life to service to you and to our nation.”

Morgan comes to the division after working as the assistant chief of staff for operations, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea, and deputy commander of 8th U.S. Army.

He said he was honored to take command of 2nd ID.

“I realize that I have been entrusted with the leadership and care of the nation’s most precious resource — the men and women of the 2nd Infantry Division, warriors and the family members and outstanding civilians who serve alongside these great troopers,” he said.

During his remarks, Morgan outlined what his priorities would be during his tenure as the division’s commander.

He said he wants to ensure the command’s “fight tonight” readiness remains uncompromised, strengthen the U.S.-South Korean alliance through training and “transformational efforts,” improve force well-being, and “enhance war-fighting readiness by taking care of soldiers and their families.”

“These priorities will allow us to achieve our war-fighting readiness with a division that is known for highly disciplined units and soldiers,” Morgan said.

The ceremony ended with a pass and review and was followed by a reception at Camp Casey’s Warrior Club.

Migrated

around the web

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up