By NORMAN JOHNSON
Instruction Systems Specialist
The U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center conducted a change of command ceremony Friday at Waybur Theater on Fort Knox. Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, U.S. Army Reserve Command’s deputy commanding general, officiated as Col. Thomas Kallman relinquished command and Col. Ernest Parker assumed command.
In his address, Lesniak said this event was significant because Kallman was leaving to become a general officer and Parker was transitioning from Public Affairs to an operational command, both fields he is passionate about.
Lesniak said, “While the Army Reserve comprises 20 percent of the force, it only accounts for six percent of the total budget.” He praised Kallman for improving professionalism, flexibility and adaptability of the ARRTC and for positioning the ARRTC to be a key player in the training of the total force.
Lesniak told Parker his background in public affairs positioned him to move the ARRTC forward.
Parker is the third ARRTC commander since the organization relocated to Fort Knox from Fort McCoy, Wis. His last assignment was public affairs officer at the USARC on Fort Bragg, N.C.
In his parting address, Kallman said, “We recognized our mission as a training command.”
In reference to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s accreditation of teaching organizations, he said, “We were late coming to the table, but in some areas we have taken the lead.”
He said the ARRTC was the only organization outside the Soldier Support Institute at Fort Jackson, S.C., that taught Retention and Transition Counselor, as well as Career Counselor courses.
Parker thanked Kallman for leaving the ARRTC is such great shape. Kallman leaves the ARRTC to become deputy commanding general of the 79th Sustainment Support Command in Los Alamitos, Calif.