USACC Public Affairs Office
The U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox will bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais, deputy commanding general, and welcome her successor, Col. Brian Mennes, during a ceremony on Brooks Field at 10 a.m. today.
Gervais will become the commander of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Mennes comes to Fort Knox from a U.S. Army War College Fellowship. Prior to that he was the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Bragg, N.C.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Mennes was commissioned as an Infantry officer upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has served through the entire range of leadership and staff positions, from platoon leader through brigade commander. He has served through multiple deployments: Panama (Operation Just Cause); the Sinai Desert (United nations Multinational Force); South Korea; and multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
His professional military education includes Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Command and General Staff College (where he earned a Masters in Military Art and Science degree); the United Kingdom’s Higher Command and Staff Course; and the U.S. Army War College fellowship at the Institute of World Politics.
Cadet Command oversees both senior Army ROTC and Army Junior ROTC. The command has senior units at 275 host colleges nationwide, in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. There are currently more than 32,000 cadets enrolled. Cadet Command commissions approximately 60 percent of the Army’s new officers each year. There are also 1,731 Army Junior ROTC programs nationwide, in all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Japan, Korea and Germany. There are currently about 305,000 cadets enrolled.