By Darrin McDufford, 88th Regional Support Command
FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Maj. Gen. Glenn J. Lesniak relinquished command of
the 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) to Brig. Gen. Alton G. Berry
during a change-of-command ceremony at Fort McCoy May 19.
Berry accepted the 88th’s colors, which date back to Camp Dodge, Iowa in
1917, from Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood, Deputy Command General-Support, U.
S. Army Reserve.
Berry expressed thanks to Lesniak for his mentorship, guidance and
leadership during his tenure at the 88th RSC.
Berry also becomes Fort McCoy’s senior commander.
“Successful units like this do not materialize out of the thin air. They
represent an evolution and continuation of the hard work and dedication
of generations of leaders who came before,” said Berry.
Lesniak, the outgoing commander, said, “I want you all to remember and
continue to support our legacy of the 88th Infantry Division. There is
our wall of honor. They remind us that what we do comes with great
sacrifice and great commitment. Do not forget your legacy.”
Lesniak stressed to the staff at the 88th RSC, “You should all be proud
of what you have accomplished here the past three years. You embrace the
customer focus mentality and have taken customer service to a whole
higher level of excellence.”
The 88th has been a part of many accomplishments seeing many armed
forces centers open and some that encompass multiple services serving in
a centralized facility. The 88th RSC also conducts promotion boards,
improves the support to units, and maintains the facilities throughout
the region while continuing to support Base Realignment and Closure Act
Maj. Gen. Keith L. Thurgood challenged Berry to continue the 88th’s
success as he wanted everyone to know their role importance to the Army
Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood, (second
from right), passes the colors to Brig. Gen. Alton G. Berry at
Fort McCoy. Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, right, observes.
(Photo by Allan Harding)
“The Army Reserve is an important part of the force, part of the joint
force. The Army is the land force of decisive action. The 88th that
Brigadier General. Berry now commands is part of that great legacy to
prevent, to shape and to win,” Thurgood said as he encouraged the new
commander and his staff.
Over the past two years the 88th Regional Support Command won the 2011
Army Communities of Excellence and placed second in the 2010
Lesniak is taking the reins of the Deputy Commanding General-Support at
the U.S. Army Reserve Command.
Berry will take over the Army Reserve’s 88th Regional Support Command
that provides essential base operations support in the areas of
personnel, operations, information management, logistics and facility
management in their new 19-state region in the northwest quadrant of the