Generals from NH in change of command
Gen. Robert W. Cone hands off the unit's flag to Gen. David G. Perkins during ceremonies on Friday. (Courtesy)
In a change of command ceremony held Friday at Fort Eustis, Va., Gen. David G. Perkins, who grew up in Keene, assumed command of TRADOC from Gen. Robert W. Cone, a Manchester native.
Perkins was promoted to four-star general prior to
Cone, who commanded TRADOC since April, 2011, is a graduate of Manchester Memorial High School (1975) and West Point.
He officially retires on Monday after 34 years of distinguished service.
In an email, Perkins praised Cone's "outstanding leadership" during a time of transition out of two wars, "from an Army of execution to an Army of preparation."
Asked about the challenges facing the leaner Army envisioned in proposed Department of Defense cuts, Perkins wrote, "The challenge the Army will have is to be informed by our time in Iraq and Afghanistan but not captured by it.
Instead, he said, the Army "has to do it all, anywhere, anytime."
"As the Army becomes smaller in size and budget, we must still be able to provide a full range of military options to our nation.
Cone has held command positions during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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