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April 26, 2013

FH welcomes new commander

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Maranda Flynn
Staff Writer

Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, incoming commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca; Col. Jeff Jennings, deputy commandant of training, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence; and Lt. Gen. David Perkins, commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, conducted the traditional inspection of troops during the Assumption of Command.

Fort Huachuca expressed a warm welcome to Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, incoming commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, April 19 during the assumption of command ceremony on Brown Parade Field.

In January Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter relinquished command of USAICoE and FH to begin his next assignment as Ashley’s replacement, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence in Afghanistan.

“Having already met much of the Intel and Fort Huachuca team since I arrived, it’s obvious that Gregg [Potter] built a great team of teams … I look forward to continuing Gregg’s work as we transition into the future,” Ashley said as he spoke to the guests.

Ashley is a career Army military intelligence officer, with assignments in Fort Bragg, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; MacDill Air Force Base, Fl.; Izmir, Turkey; and deployments to Operation Joint Forge, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Shane Pennington, Company A, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, presented incoming commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley’s wife, Barbara, with a bouquet of yellow roses as a welcoming gift to Fort Huachuca during the Assumption of Command on April 19.

While welcoming Ashley to Fort Huachuca, Lt. Gen. David Perkins, commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, said, “One of the traps that new commanders fall into is they get consumed with what it is they are supposed to do. So I advise them with ‘what you need to focus on is not what you do, but what you are for, because once you understand what you are for, then it becomes clear what you are to do.’”

He went on to state that the Ashley’s were chosen to serve Fort Huachuca to make a positive difference in the community, on the post, as a senior commander, and provide support and guidance for the Soldiers, the Families, the spouses and their support structures.

“Welcome to the greatest job in the Army and that is of commander and command team,” Perkins said. “I have no doubt that you absolutely know what you are for because you have done it since the first day that you came into the Army and that’s why you are here.”

Ashley moved to Fort Huachuca with his wife, Barbara, from Raleigh, N.C. They have two sons, Sean and Justin, who live in Atlanta, Ga.

“A special thanks to my wife Barb, whose energy and support has never waned.” Ashley said. “No matter how many deployments, no matter how many moves, she has always been there steadfast. And to my son’s Sean and Justin, I am proud of the incredible independent, talented and caring young men you have become.”

During the ceremony, a bouquet of yellow roses were presented to Barbara, symbolizing a new beginning as she looks forward to new friendships within the community and service within the command.

“Barb and I are in deep fortunes to have this opportunity to return to the Intel Center, and we look forward to the days ahead,” Ashley concluded.




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