Fort Rucker holds Change of Command Ceremony for Garrison Commander

Fort Rucker, Ala. (WSFA) --  there's some new leadership at Fort Rucker.

A change of command ceremony was held Thursday morning for the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Rucker.

For the last three years Colonel Scott Larese has been the garrison commander at Fort Rucker.

He's been responsible for a lot things, but now he's looking forward to some time off.

"I'm going to tune up my golf clubs a little bit, see if I can actually hit the ball straight," said Col. Larese, outgoing commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker.

Col. Larese is retiring after 20 plus years in the Army.

He'll be staying the in area, making his home in Enterprise.

"The values that are here in the wiregrass are the values that we hold so dearly people care about each other and that's the kind of environment we want to raise our family in," explained Col. Larese.

Taking over command is Colonel Yvette Kelley.

Col. Kelley comes to Fort Rucker from the U.S. Army Pacific in Hawaii.

"There's no better place to serve in today's Army than Fort Rucker and I look forward to joining the wiregrass community," said Col. Kelley, incoming commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker.

Kelley told all those in attendance she looks forward to picking up where Col. Larese left off.

Col. Larese was responsible for many projects, solider's housing, lakes cottages, and recreational events.

"To take your final flight here at the home of army aviation has been a culmination of my career," said Col. Larese.

Col. Larese may be leaving Fort Rucker, but he says he's looking forward to retirement in Enterprise and spending many hours on the golf course.

Incoming commander Col. Kelley comes to Fort Rucker with her husband Ret. Major General James Kelley and son Jack.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis