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Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, speaks during the third quarter town hall June 1, to keep the command’s personnel informed of upcoming events and the way ahead. Two sessions were scheduled at the post theater to ensure all command personnel could attend. Williams also presented awards to Soldiers and civilians during the meetings. (Photo by Keith Desbois)

FORT LEE, Va. (June 9, 2016) -- Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, hosted two town hall sessions June 1 at the Lee Theater to update the command on events and initiatives.

He began each presentation by recognizing individuals who have completed between 15 and 40 years of government service, who have earned a distinguished certification, or who provided expert support to recent special events.

“The importance of the awards is not just the accomplishment itself … but that the person receives (recognition) in front his or her peers,” Williams said after the first group received their certificates.

During the town hall, the CG reminded the audience of the CASCOM priorities. The theme of these is the Total Force – the active Army component and the Reserve component – a culture shift driven by the Army Chief of Staff.

For CASCOM’s priority of Operational Contract Support proponency, Williams said the staff has formed a team to lead and integrate efforts across the Army.

“Before, no one really knew where OCS resided as parts of it were all over the Army,” he said. Now, the responsibility for OCS rests within CASCOM, and Williams said he believes the command’s TRADOC Capability Manager-OCS cell will be fully operational before the end of the year.

Another town hall topic of discussion was an upcoming opportunity for the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Program.

TRADOC civilians interested in participating, especially those whose positions could be affected by an upcoming civilian to military conversion, should seek more information through supervisory channels, said John Hall, deputy to the CASCOM CG. The deadline for submitting paperwork is June 29.

“We are in a time of transition,” Williams said. All three Fort Lee commandants will change command this summer; Brig. Gen. Kurt Ryan relinquished command of the Ordnance School before the morning town hall session June 1. The Quartermaster General will change command Friday and the Chief of Transportation will relinquish his responsibilities June 27.

“I know there are a gazillion other things (going on),” Williams said. “Thanks for everything you do to support this great installation and this command.”