ANNISTON, AL (11/30/2017) (readMedia)-- The Alabama National Guard's 167th Theater Sustainment Command, out of Anniston, Alabama, will get a new commander and command sergeant major in a ceremony at the Marshall Parade Field, Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center, Dec. 2, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Major General Sheryl Gordon, Alabama National Guard adjutant general, will officiate as Maj. Gen. Allen M. Harrell will relinquish command to Maj. Gen. Donald B. Tatum; and Command Sgt. Maj. William H. Jones will give the enlisted responsibility over to Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Stallings.
Harrell has served as commanding general of the unit since September 2014, and has also previously served as its deputy commander and operations officer (G3). Harrell is moving on to be the Army Materiel Command assistant deputy commanding general - Army National Guard at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
Tatum's most recent assignment is at the Alabama National Guard Joint Force Headquarters as assistant adjutant general, but he also previously served as the 167th TSC deputy commanding general, as well as the commander of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, among other distinguished assignments.
Jones leaves the 167th for retirement after more than 30 years in the military, both on active duty and in the Alabama Army National Guard. Jones has served as the senior enlisted advisor for the 167th since September 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Alabama National Guard state command sergeant major.
Stallings comes to the 167th after serving as a command sergeant major for several brigade and group level organizations, including a deployment to Iraq. Stallings brings the experience of his 32 years of service to the organization.
The change of command and change of responsibility ceremony will be held in typical military fashion with the passing of the command's colors between the out-going and in-coming commanding generals and the passing of an Army saber from one command sergeant major to the next.
As a reminder, the main gate to Fort McClellan is still under construction, so all ceremony attendees should use the Minuteman Gate on Goode Road to enter the base. There will be signs directing traffic to the Marshall Parade Field from the Minuteman Gate.
Media are welcome to attend and cover the event. All media wishing to attend should RSVP to Maj. Andrew Richardson, 167th TSC public affairs officer, no later than noon, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334-425-8233.