FORT HOOD (August 8, 2014) Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland formally assumed command of III Corps and Fort Hood during a ceremony Friday on post.
MaFarland, previously the commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, was confirmed in late July for promotion to lieutenant general.
He succeeds Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, who was confirmed last month for promotion to general and a new assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
"While my wife Hollyanne and I are excited for the opportunity to continue to serve, it comes with a touch of sadness as we will leave behind so many friends and partners at the Great Place," Milley said.
"Fort Hood, the surrounding communities, and all of Central Texas have truly opened their hearts to us and made us feel like family."
Milley assumed command of Fort Hood on Dec. 20, 2012, succeeding Lt. Gen. Don M. Campbell, Jr. who left to command U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army in Germany.
Campbell was picked to command III Corps and Fort Hood in March 2011 after he turned over command of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox to Maj. Gen David L. Mann.
He succeeded Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone who was assigned as commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.
Cone assumed command of Fort Hood in late September 2009 after serving as special assistant to the commanding general at the Training and Doctrine Command, succeeding Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, who in turn succeeded Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, who now serves as Army chief of staff.