Change of Command at Fort Rucker

Fort Rucker, Ala. (WSFA) -- A changing of the guard at Fort Rucker.

The Army Aviation Center of Excellence is now under the watchful eye of a new commander.

For the last two years Major General Virgil Packett has been the commanding general of the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker.

Maj. Gen. Packett has 36 years of service in the Army and following his stint at Fort Rucker he's retiring from the Army.

"With all the passion I can muster I just want you to know, Ululani and I tried to give you everything we had, as your branch chief and we are aviation proud, army strong god bless our solider's our families, America and you, good luck to you," said Maj. Gen. Packett during his speech to solider's.

During today's ceremony Maj. Gen. Packett was honored for his commitment to Fort Rucker.

"As the commanding general here at Fort Rucker,  Gen. Packett consistently provided insightful guidance and inspirational leadership and unrivaled support to solider's their family and this community," said Gen. William Wallace, commanding general, US Army TRADOC.

Taking over command of Fort Rucker is Brigadier General James Barclay.

Brig. Gen. Barclay comes to Fort Rucker from the United States Joint Forces Command.

"Gen. Wallace I'd like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to command again and be with solider's because that's what our profession is about and that's where I want to be," said incoming commanding general, Brig. Gen. James Barclay.

As Brig. Gen. Barclay prepares to continue the success at Fort Rucker, Maj. Gen. Packett says on his last day it's great to be the Army Aviation branch chief.

The post welcomed Barclay and his wife Debbie.

They have a daughter and two sons, one of them is a warrant officer and is attending flight school at Fort Rucker.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis