Marysville, Wash. –
U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Stuart ‘Stu’ Werner assumed command of the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) in a ceremony held here at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Sunday, Mar. 8. The ceremony was officiated by Maj. Gen. Eugene LeBoeuf, commanding general of the 79th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), with Col. Vince Rice, deputy commander of the 364th ESC, standing in for outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. Vincent E. Buggs.
In his remarks, Werner, a native of Manchester, Pennsylvania, acknowledged and thanked all of the people who helped him get to where he is today, and for giving him a chance to give back to an institution that he has been a part of his entire adult life. He also pointed to the Army’s most important asset – people – and why teamwork matters for an organization to be successful.
“We are in the midst of a very dynamic change in doctrine, equipment and culture in the Army today for future success. Although we change doctrine and equipment as times goes on, remember that Teddy Roosevelt said the most important single ingredient in the formula for success is knowing how to get along with people,” Werner said.
“No matter what change and challenges we have in our near future, never forget that we’re a people-centric organization. We are a team. Colin Powell said that we manage things and lead people. I look forward to doing both as the newest member of the 364th,” added the Murrieta, California, resident.
Prior to taking command of the 364th ESC, headquartered here in Marysville, Werner served as the deputy commanding general of the 79th TSC in Los Alamitos, California.
“Before that, he helped drive the entire 79th TSC forward as the chief of operations and assistant chief of staff,” LeBoeuf said in his remarks, noting full faith and confidence in Werner’s extraordinary ability to lead.
“The Army Reserve is built on the strength of America’s strongest citizens, and I’m here today to talk about a leader among America’s strongest, your new commanding general, Brigadier General Stu Werner,” continued the two-star general.
Werner is part of the less than one percent of Army officers that earn the rank of general.
“You don’t get this job by seniority or time in service. Candidates for general officer are scrutinized in great detail – the military does not take this rank lightly. Stu passed every level of examination and has become one of the few in the military to ever reach the rank of general. With his proven record of excellence, I have no doubt that he will shine as your commander and take the 364th to new heights. All the Soldiers of the 364th have that in Stu,” he said.
“As a military, we are making smart investments in our people, technology and equipment to ensure we are best positioned to deter aggression by adversaries and, if necessary, fight and win future wars. Stu is one of those investments. Everyday Army leaders work to change the Army culture for the better. I trust that Stu will continue to establish cohesive teams, foster building rapport and trust, and promote civility, equality, respect and dignity among the team members of the 364th. As part of maintaining the most capable, combat-ready and lethal Reserve force in this nation’s history, I can think of no better leader than Stu to step into and continue the momentum of the 364th,” said LeBoeuf.
The 364th ESC has approximately 4,000 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers which includes two Regional Support Groups and one Sustainment Brigade spanning more than a half a million square miles in six states and two time zones in the northwestern portion of the United States. The mission for the one-star command is to provide trained, equipped, and ready leaders, Soldiers and cohesive units to meet global requirements across the full range of military operations.