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Flanked by 104th Training Division (LT) incoming commander Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards II, and outgoing commander Brig. Gen. (Promotable) Darrell J. Guthrie, Maj. General Mark McQueen, commanding general of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) prepares to host the Timberwolf change of command at Watkins Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Brigadier Sept. 23, 2017. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Tynisha Daniel

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, W.A.— The 104th Training Division (Leader Training) held a historical change of command ceremony at Watkins Field on Sept. 23, 2017. Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards II assumed command of the 104th from Brig. Gen. (Promotable) Darrell J. Guthrie.

With Mount Rainier peeking from the clouds, and the sound of the Army Band setting the tone for the ceremonious event, the change of command commenced at 1500.

After the honors and cannon salute, presentation of colors and passing of Command Colors, remarks were made by Commander Maj. Gen. Mark T. McQueen, 108th Training Command followed by the outgoing and incoming commanders.

“Thank you for providing pure guidance and maximum space to design the mission,” said Guthrie, expressing his gratitude to his leadership, Soldiers and family during his remarks. ”I could not have had a better group of mentors and examples of selfless leadership.”

The change of command ceremony uses the passing of colors (unit flags) to symbolize passing the command of the 104th Division between commanders. The passing of colors represents the lineage, honor and unity of the division and its Soldiers. The colors are passed from the command sergeant major to the outgoing commander and finally from the incoming back to the command sergeant major signifying the heritage.

104th Division (Leader Training) Brig. Gen. (Promotable) Darrell J. Guthrie relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards with the passing of the colors during Change of Command ceremony today at Watkins Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sept. 23,2017.

U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Tynisha Daniel

104th Training Division (Leader Training) leadership poses with 108th Training Division commanding general, Maj. Gen. Mark McQueen at the change of command ceremony at Watkins Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sept. 23, 2017.

U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Tynisha Daniel

104th Training Division (LT) “Timberwolves” participate in the change of command ceremony between Brig. Gen. (Promotable) Darrell J. Guthrie and Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards today at Watkins Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sept. 23,2017.

U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Tynisha Daniel

“You are the right leader at the right time to take the Timberwolves to new heights,” said Guthrie in the closing of his remarks to Edwards.

Currently comprised of two brigades and nine battalions throughout the United States, during his tenure as Commander of the 104th Guthrie reorganized the division into what it is today.

Guthrie also took the time to thank his biggest supporter, his wife Shari.

“She has been my partner and best friend for almost thirty years, she is the ultimate Army Reserve wife,” said Guthrie. “You indeed epitomize that most cherished of the Army Values, Selfless service. I love you, and I am very proud to be Shari’s husband.”

Native of Lubbock, Texas, Guthrie will now serve as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) at Fort Bragg, N.C. USACAPOC supports the Army and Joint Force with strategic, operational, and tactical civil affairs, military information support, and information operations capabilities across the range of military operations.

Once Guthrie concluded his remarks it was time for Edwards to step forward into his new role.

“It is truly and honor and privilege to have this awesome responsibility bestowed upon me,” said Edwards. 

“You have built and outstanding unit and much to be proud of, I will do my very best to continue to build in your success and move this unit to the next level of excellence, said Edwards to Guthrie.

During his previous assignment, Edwards served as deputy chief of staff of operations, at Joint Enabling Capability Command in Norfolk, Va., (TRANSCOM). Currently residing in Houston, Texas, Edwards will not only serve as the new Commander of the 104th but as the Deputy Commanding General for Reserve Support and Accessions at the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

“As I step in command I must convey my deepest appreciation and gratitude for this phenomenal opportunity, one for which I do not take lightly,” he said.

Headquartered at JBLM since 2010, the mission of the 104th is to provide education and training to future officers and reception support to the Army Training Centers for an Army at war in support of a Nation at war.


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