Army announces new commander for Fort Bliss, 1st Armored Division

File photo of Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland courtesy

POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:33pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 3:02pm

This Spring, Major General Dana Pittard will no longer be the commanding general of Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division. In May, Pittard will move to his new assignment, which is yet to be confirmed.  But, no matter what the assignment, El Paso will always be home.

"I would have never dreamed as a young boy in El Paso that I would come back here and be a Division Commander and command Fort Bliss. And it's been such an enriching and great experience that I can't imagine doing anything else in the Army," says Major General Dana Pittard.

But General Pittard's replacement is no stranger to El Paso. Major General Sean MacFarland has served at Fort Bliss before and married an El Pasoan during one of his tours.

Pittard and MacFarland are longtime friends and were even classmates at West Point.

"We had a number of classes together, including wrestling, boxing," says General Pittard.

General Pittard says there isn't a better replacement out there for Fort Bliss.

"He was going to be my number one choice anyway, if I could select. And I'm so glad the Army leadership selected him to come back to El Paso," General Pittard says.

While Fort Bliss expects wonderful things from General MacFarland, he will inherit many of his predecessor's greatest accomplishments.

Despite this change in leadership, General Pittard does not worry about the future of Fort Bliss.

"The bottom line is, we will always be ready," he says.

General MacFarland is currently serving in Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force.  He served as a One-Star General at Fort Bliss as the Commmander of Joint Task Force North from 2008-2010.  

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