FORT LEE, Va. (June 16, 2016) -- A familiar face was reintroduced to the Fort Lee community Friday at a change of command ceremony on Sgt. Seay Field where Brig. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg became the Army’s 54th Quartermaster General and commandant of the QM School.
It’s the fifth tour of duty here for the Fogg family. He previously served as the commander of the 49th Quartermaster Group (inactivated in 2012) and CASCOM deputy chief of staff for training and doctrine (G-3), among other assignments.
With his wife Janie and daughters Rachal and Erin proudly looking on, Fogg accepted the QM colors from Maj. Gen. Rex A. Spitler, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command deputy chief of staff, who presided over the ceremony. The outgoing QM General – Brig. Gen. Ronald Kirklin, who passed the flag to Spitler – has been reassigned to the Pentagon where he will serve as the Army G-4 (logistics) deputy chief of staff.
Acknowledging Kirklin’s accomplishments during remarks at the event, Spitler highlighted his success in “addressing the emerging growth, manning and resource requirements” of parachute riggers to meet force development calibration requirements. “He shattered the three-year process it normally takes to make that kind of amendment in the force structure by implementing the changes in one year,” Spitler noted.
Kirklin also became an advocate for civilian credentialing initiatives before they were recognized as an official part of the Army training program, according to Spitler. “The QM branch was already providing its Soldiers with the tools and skills they needed to help them transition to civilian life,” he said. “Under your leadership, more than 2,860 Soldiers earned industry-recognized civilian certifications and credentials. Job well done.”
Other achievements cited by Spitler include enhancements to the enlisted aide training program to meet critical requirements of Army senior leaders. While serving as the committee chair for aerial delivery operations for Army Airborne, Kirklin developed and led a working group charged with the integration and growth of the aviation automation systems record. Under his watch, the QM School and Team Lee provided the force with over 30,000 proficient and technically competent Soldiers annually.
“The list could go on,” Spitler continued. “Ron, without a doubt you led the QM Corps with unmatched passion, commitment and dedication; and in accordance with the QM Creed, you have continued to shape the course of combat and change the outcome of battle. Because of you, the Army is better and our Soldiers are better prepared to support, fight and win in a complex world.”
Welcoming the Fogg family, Spitler said “it’s wonderful to have them back on the TRADOC team.” They return to Lee from Fort Hood, Texas, where the brigadier general led the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and recently deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
“I can assure you the QM Corps and School are in good hands,” Spitler noted. “This is a great command team that is more than qualified and capable of taking on this task. Brig. Gen. Fogg is a focused leader and a warfighter’s logistician who will get the job done and who, I know, will ensure our Soldiers are equipped to fight on the 21st century battlefield and win in a complex world. The Army could not have selected a better couple than Rodney and his wife to take these reins.”
In his farewell remarks, Kirklin first acknowledged the support of the Black Dagger’s parachute team. As the ceremony was getting underway, five jumpers from the U.S. Army Special Forces Command unit based at Fort Bragg, N.C., touched down on Seay Field. The group delivered the QM School colors to Kirklin and exchanged mementoes with the commander. Members of the team include parachute riggers who trained at Fort Lee.
Kirklin then thanked local community leaders, senior commanders, battle buddies and his family members for their support. To the QM School team, he said the following, “We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past two years, and I want to tell you that you’re some of the most amazing professionals I have ever come to know.
“You are always coming up with innovative ways to provide the best training, best education and the best equipment to the operational force to help improve readiness across our Army,” he said, “And the great thing about it is that nobody cares who gets the credit because the reward is what we deliver to the men and women who are counting on us to do the right thing.
“So, never stop coming up with those genius ideas even though the genius academy is moving to the north. Take care of yourselves, and take care of your families. You guys are the best, and don’t let anyone tell you anything different.”
Fogg also spoke from the heart as he shared his close connection with Fort Lee, starting with the day 29 years ago when he walked up the steps of old Mifflin Hall to in-process and begin training as a quartermaster second lieutenant.
“Back then, there was no way I could have guessed I would have the honor of leading the corps,” he said. “It’s truly a lieutenant’s dream come true.”
As he concluded his remarks, Fogg offered this final thought, “While times have changed the way we fight on the battlefield and the methods we use to support the warfighter, one thing has remained the same since the beginning of our Army and through all of our conflicts.
“Individual Soldiers and units rely on the QM Corps and our well-trained warrior logisticians for the support that enables victory on the battlefield,” he said. “Command is a privilege and a distinct honor. I am excited about this opportunity, and we will continue to support victory in everything we do.”