Fort Polk and it's Joint Readiness Training Center took on new leadership Thursday, as Garrison Commander Col. Jarrett A. Thomas II relinquished his command to incoming Col. Ryan K. Roseberry.
During a change of command ceremony at the Vernon Parish installation's Headquarters Field, Thomas handed over the garrison "colors" to Roseberry with warm words of welcoming.
"The Army could not have selected a more and better qualified garrison commander for the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk," Thomas stated.
Thomas likened the garrison command to that of a mayor, and told Roseberry that in his new role, he would be working closely with the communities immediately outside the installation gates.
"I have served our nation over 23 years, and I've never seen community support like what I've seen here," he stated.
Roseberry said his acceptance of command at Fort Polk served as a "homecoming" experience for he and his family.
Having more than 40 box rotations at the installation under his belt, Roseberry began his military career at Fort Polk in 1998, where he also met his wife. Returning to Fort Polk, he said, was where his family wanted to be.
"As a young Geronimo Lieutenant, JRTC is where I learned how to fight and I learned how to lead. Fort Polk is where we began our married life and together Fort Polk taught us the true meaning of unit cohesion. Those lessons learned here were lessons we carried with us throughout our journey," Roseberry stated.
Roseberry's military accomplishments include graduating from the Military Intelligence Captain Career Course and the Counterintelligence Course, Ranger School and Jump Master School.
While assigned to the 203d Military Intelligence Battalion (TECHINT) in Maryland, Roseberry led his company into Iraq to establish the Coalition Joint Captured Material Exploitation Center (CJCMEC).
Roseberry will serve the Fort Polk community under the command of Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank.