New name, new leader for Army unit in Far East
PYONGTAEK, South Korea — Army Col. William C. Gibson assumed command of the Army Field Support Brigade-Far East on Wednesday during a ceremony in Taegu that marked the unit’s changeover from a forward element to a brigade.
Gibson replaces Col. James A. Gray, who had commanded the logistics unit since August 2003. At the time the unit was named Army Materiel Command Forward-Far East.
It was renamed May 1 and during Wednesday’s 10 a.m. ceremony observed its formal redesignation as a brigade. It assists Army units in Japan, South Korea, Alaska and Hawaii in meeting their supply and maintenance needs.
In remarks at the ceremony outside the 19th Theater Support Command headquarters, Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith thanked Gray “for his outstanding tenure” as the unit’s commander. Smith is assistant deputy commanding general, Army Materiel Command.
Gray, in farewell remarks, said the unit’s “people are what make this command so great — not just James Gray.
“I’ve just had the honor of commanding the magnificent unit over the last two years,” said Gray, who moves to a new assignment as chief of transportation for 3rd U.S. Army at Fort McPherson, Ga.
“Mission first, people always,” Gibson said in his remarks. “That’s the essence of my command philosophy. … My focus is Korea. … I want this command to make a difference, and to be relevant to the warfighter and all the customers we support. Teamwork will be the cornerstone of everything I do — bottom line: It’s one team, one fight!”
Gibson, whose previous assignment was as a student at the U.S. Army War College, enlisted in the Army in 1975 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Transportation Corps in 1982 after graduating from Officer Candidate School.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources administration from Saint Leo University in Florida and a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He’s also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College.