Gen. Stephen J. Townsend has assumed command of US Army Training and Doctrine Command from Gen. David G. Perkins during a ceremony on Fort Eustis, Virginia on March 2.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, who hosted the ceremony, said it was a great but bittersweet day as the command bid farewell to Perkins and welcomed Townsend as TRADOC's 16th commanding general.

However, the day was not about either of the generals, Milley continued, explaining that the focus was on celebrating the accomplishments of the command and how TRADOC continues to shape the Army.

Milley commended Perkins' leadership of TRADOC during the the past four years, and how he has helped shape how the Army will fight and win in the future through the Multi-Domain Battle concept. But TRADOC's greatest contribution to the Army, Milley said, is the training of its soldiers.

In welcoming TRADOC's incoming commanding general, Milley said the command is very lucky to have Townsend, a man of tremendous talent and great character.

Commissioned into the infantry branch from North Georgia College in 1982, Townsend has led and commanded soldiers at every echelon, from platoon to corps and combined joint task force. His most recent assignment was commanding XVIII Airborne Corps, the US Army's rapid deployment contingency corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From August 2016 to September 2017, he commanded Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, during which time the US-led coalition assisted the Iraqis in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in their strongholds of Mosul and Tal Afar.