FORT KNOX, Ky. –
Since ancient times, armies throughout the world have conducted traditions and ceremonies to commemorate victory over the enemy, to honor comrades in arms and celebrate special occasions.
On April 25, keeping with tradition, Col. Kevin Luke relinquished command of U.S. Army Reserve Careers Division to Col. Stacy Babcock at Sadowski Center on Fort Knox.
Maj. Gen. Tracy Thompson, the U.S. Army Reserve Command deputy commanding general for Support, was the ceremony's host.
After the colors were passed from the outgoing to the incoming commander, Thompson thanked Luke for a job well done in commanding ARCD. He also said the unit was instrumental in building the force during a time in the nation's history when the Army has been actively engaged throughout the world.
"I want to thank you for the sacrifices you made … (it's a) tough job being a brigade commander," said Thompson. "… Even though it's tough, it's over before you know it."
Thompson also acknowledged the difficulty of moving a unit from Gillem Enclave, Georgia, to Fort Knox. He pointed out that a mentor once told him that, "As an Army officer you are either in command or waiting for command."
Thompson also addressed Babcock by saying that she will have joy while serving as a commander for ARCD.
"Stacy … (it's) going to be tough … (it's) going to be long, but it will be worth it," Thompson said.
Luke's first opportunity to address the unit came in the form of a thank you.
"This is an outstanding organization and a special thanks to all the battalion commanders and battalion sergeants major (who) led the way by turning guidance into reality," he said.
Luke added that the headquarters staff made a difference through their support of more than 1,700 Soldiers and 1,600 new career counselors.