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MG Robert P. Lennox relinquishes command of Fort Bliss.

Major General (MG) Robert P. Lennox relinquished command of Fort Bliss, Texas, and the position of Commandant of the US Army Air Defense Artillery School (USAADASCH) on 9 January.

MG Lennox was the 149th Commanding General since the establishment of Fort Bliss in 1849, and the 23rd Commandant of USAADASCH since the inception of an ADA School at Fort Bliss in 1957. He was also the 17th Chief of the Branch since ADA's designation as an individual branch in June 1968.

During the relinquish-of-command and award ceremony, General William S. Wallace, Commanding General, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), recognized MG Lennox as a Soldier with exceptional depth, intellect and vision. He highlighted MG Lennox's contributions as the senior mission commander of the fastest growing power-projection installation in the Department of Defense and the largest maneuver area in the Army and cited his leadership and oversight, which enabled Fort Bliss and ADA to meet the challenges of Army transformation while supporting the War on Terrorism (WOT).

MG Lennox assumed command in June 2005 and, during his tenure, spearheaded the transformation of an ADA-centric installation to a mounted-maneuver installation of excellence.

While standing up brigade combat teams (BCTs), he ensured that organizational needs were acknowledged, resources were allocated and requirements were met to support every mission while continuously overseeing the largest continental US (CONUS) replacement center (CRC) in the Army. To date, the Fort Bliss CRC has processed, trained, deployed and redeployed more than 150,000 active and Reserve Component Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in support of WOT.

MG Lennox approved major construction priorities, setting the conditions for the $3.2 billion Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) expansion of Fort Bliss and Biggs Army Airfield. Working with local and national businesses, he contributed to the $1.3 billion privatization of installation housing.

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As the Chief of ADA, he formed a strong alliance and working rapport with Major General (Retired) David C. Ralston, former Commander of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Commandant of the US Army Field Artillery (FA) School. Focusing on the BRAC-directed move of the ADA School, training brigade and designated units from Fort Bliss to Fort Sill, MG Lennox continued working with MG Ralston's successor, Major General Peter M. Vangjel, who took command on 13 September 2007. MG Lennox's leadership was instrumental in the successful stand-up of the virtual Fires Center of Excellence (CoE) on 1 June 2006.

Under MG Lennox's direction, ADA units began and continued the transformation process to modular design. He oversaw the design and implementation of an ADA Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN)-like model. Deployments and rotations, although frequent and requiring reset in transition, were conducted smoothly and without incident.

MG Lennox now is the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3/5/7) in Washington, DC. Brigadier General James L. Terry, the TRADOC Director of the Future Force Integration Directorate, Army Capabilities Integration Center at Fort Bliss, assumed the responsibilities of commander pro tem until Major General Howard B. Bromberg assumed command on 24 January.

Before assuming command of Fort Bliss and USAADASCH, MG Bromberg was the Chief of Staff for US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He has served as the Deputy Director, Force Protection and Director, Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization, J-8, the Joint Staff in Washington, DC.

MG Bromberg was the Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air Missile Defense Command, Fort Bliss, with duties as the Deputy Area Air Defense Commander (AADC), Coalition Force (CF) Air Component Command and Operation Enduring Freedom, Saudi Arabia; Deputy AADC, Joint Forces Air Component Command and Operation Noble Eagle, Fort Bliss; Deputy AADC, CF Air Component Command, Kuwait; and Deputy AADC, CF Air Component Command, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

He also has served as the Operations Officer for the Defense Branch, J3, the Joint Staff, in Washington, DC; the Deputy Commanding General, USAADASCH and Fort Bliss; and the Commander, 11th ADA Brigade at Fort Bliss.

MG Lennox said, "Major General Bromberg's previous experiences make him the perfect candidate to shoulder the overwhelming responsibility of the continued growth of Fort Bliss and the future of the ADA Branch, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead us [ADA] into the future."
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