Logistics unit at Camp Walker gets new commander
October 27, 2006
CAMP WALKER, South Korea — Brig. Gen. Raymond V. Mason took over the U.S. Army’s largest forward-deployed logistics unit Wednesday morning during a formal change-of-command ceremony for the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) unit.
The command oversees supplies throughout U.S. Forces Korea, including everything from tanks to televisions.
Soldiers and commanders with Team 19 “impact every other unit in Korea in every way,” said 8th Army commander Lt. Gen. David Valcourt during the hourlong ceremony at Camp Walker in Daegu. “This outfit puts big fingerprints on every single one of us.”
Departing commander Maj. Gen. Timothy P. McHale oversaw the collapse of three brigade-level units and the creation of the 501st Sustainment Brigade during his two-year tenure.
“I asked a lot of you,” McHale told his soldiers on Wednesday. “And you always came through.”
McHale is moving to the Washington area to work with the Army’s G4, or logistics, office.
Mason most recently served as the commander of the Army Materiel Command Forward-Southwest Asia.
“I look forward to building on the superb reputation and standard of excellence that Maj. Gen. McHale and Team 19 have established as a world-class team of supporters,” Mason told the unit.