Colonel Stuart M. James turns over command to incoming Garrison Commander Colonel James A. Brady

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Garrison Commander Col. Stuart M. James turned over command to incoming Garrison Commander Colonel James A. Brady in a formal ceremony at Fort Bliss on Thursday.

According to a news release, the passing of the unit colors symbolizes the passing of command from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander.

This establishes the new commander’s authority and highlighting their trusted role as the commander of the Fort Bliss Garrison.

During the ceremony, Brady gave a thank you speech and left the next commander with these words: “You’ve got a phenomenal team here. Their gonna impress you from day one, with their desire to serve this community. I leave here knowing that fort bliss is in great hands and will continue to get better every day.”

Brady is a Las Cruces native and began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Army reserves and serving at Fort Bliss. Col. Brady entered the U.S. Military academy in 1993 and graduated in 1997.

During Thursday’s ceremony, Brady also gave a speech and pledged to his new role.

“I pledge to sustain, support and defend America’s tank division and the commands and units that are assigned to Fort Bliss,” Brady said.

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