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New 88th CG, McCoy Senior 
Commander on duty

By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Farley, The Real McCoy Contributor

FORT McCOY, Wis. — The 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) had its first change of command since it formally was activated at Fort McCoy Sept. 19, 2008. The change of command was held June 27.

Photo: Brig. Gen. (promotable) Glenn J. Lesniak, incoming 88th RSC commanding general, receives the 88th RSC colors from Maj. Gen. Alan D. Bell, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, during a change-of-command ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Chris Farley)
Brig. Gen. (promotable) Glenn J. Lesniak, incoming 88th RSC commanding general, receives the 88th RSC colors from Maj. Gen. Alan D. Bell, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, during a change-of-command ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Chris Farley)

The command reins of the 88th RSC were passed to Brig. Gen. (promotable) Glenn J. Lesniak from Maj. Gen. James R. Sholar, with Maj. Gen. Alan D. Bell, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, presiding over the change-of-command ceremony. Lesniak also will serve as Fort McCoy’s Senior Commander.

Lesniak is a New Jersey native who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He comes to the 88th RSC from duties as deputy commander, 81st RSC at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he was responsible for Base Operations supporting more than 44,000 Soldiers assigned to 442 units in nine states in the southeastern United States.

"Eighty-eighth you’re going to be left in good hands," said Bell. He said that Lesniak’s talents and enthusiasm were shown by his hard work at increasing the Army Reserve Soldier strength. At the time Army Reserve Soldier strength was at a low of 185,000 troops where the end strength was mandated to 206,000. Today, the Army Reserve is sitting at 208,000 Soldiers strong, and Bell attributed that success to Lesniak and his team’s hard work at recruiting and retaining good and qualified Soldiers.

Photo: Brig. Gen. (promotable) Glenn J. Lesniak gives a speech after taking command of the 88th RSC during a June 27 change-of-command ceremony at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Chris Farley)
Brig. Gen. (promotable) Glenn J. Lesniak gives a speech after taking command of the 88th RSC during a June 27 change-of-command ceremony at Fort McCoy. 
(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Chris Farley)

"There hasn’t been a critical decision made concerning transformation in the last five years that Ron Sholar hasn’t been part of," said Bell. He said Sholar was in a small group of old sages that were relied upon for making those tough decisions and making significant things happen in the Army Reserve. 

"He (Sholar) has had more commands at the two-star level, than I think anybody in the history of the Army Reserve," said Bell.

Sholar commanded the 88th RSC since September 2006, and concurrently served as the Commanding General, 88th Regional Readiness Command, Fort Snelling, Minn., since July 2008 and previously served as commanding general, 90th Regional Readiness Command, North Little Rock, Ark. He also served as Senior Commander, Fort McCoy.

Sholar became the deputy commanding general of the U. S. Army Reserve Command located in Atlanta, Ga., July 1.

The 88th RSC provides base operations support to more than 50,000 Soldiers in 19 states, from Ohio and Michigan on the east, down to Missouri and Nebraska and across to Oregon and Washington.

(Farley is with the 88th Regional Readiness Command Public Affairs Office.)

 

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