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    351st Civil Affairs Command welcomes new leader

    351st Civil Affairs Command welcomes new leader

    Photo By Capt. James Orth | Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Ammerman, commanding general, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. James Orth 

    351st Civil Affairs Command

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The U.S. Army Reserve’s 351st Civil Affairs Command held a change of command ceremony to bid farewell to its outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. William P. Barriage, and welcome its incoming commander, Brig. Gen. Christopher W. Stockel at historic Moffett Field, June 26.

    Barriage stepped down from command after 13 months as he has been selected for promotion to the rank of Maj. Gen. and assignment to the Pentagon as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army G4.

    Attending the ceremony were the Barriage and Stockel families, local dignitaries, former commanders and alumni of the command, and representatives from a number of area military units.

    Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Ammerman, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) officiated over the ceremony.

    In his address, Ammerman thanked the Barriage family for their unwavering support for Brig. Gen. Barriage during a career spanning over 30 years involving numerous overseas deployments and assignments across the nation. He recognized Barriage’s contributions and accomplishments commanding the 351st Civil Affairs Command over the past year increasing the command’s ability to provide U.S Army Pacific with trained and ready units.

    “Your focus on setting a course for success in coaching leaders to achieve has resulted in improved readiness of this command and supported this Army’s number one priority,” Ammerman said.

    The incoming commander, Stockel is a veteran of multiple Operation Iraqi Freedom deployments and is no stranger to the civil affairs community having served in several civil affairs leadership positions both at home and abroad. He most recently served as the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne); the higher headquarters for the 351st Civil Affairs Command. He holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

    Stockel thanked his family and those in attendance for supporting him as he took command. He thanked Ammerman and Barriage for the opportunity to assume command of the 351st Civil Affairs Command.

    “I look forward to building on every building block Brig. Gen. Barriage and his team set,” Stockel said.

    The outgoing commander, Barriage is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Joint Guard. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and a graduate of the CAPSTONE course at the National Defense University.

    Barriage thanked his family, his Soldiers and civilians, and Ammerman for their support during his command. He reflected on how over the past year the command leaders were able to build capable and ready units to continue to support the Army during challenging operational and fiscal environments and consistently lead the U.S. Army Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) across across a majority of performance indicators.

    “I am proud of you and your achievements and I am truly humbled and rich to have served with you and for you,” Barriage said. “You represent the best of the Army Reserve Citizen Soldiers.

    The Mountain View, California based 351st Civil Affairs Command is comprised of over 2200 Citizen Soldiers assigned to Army Reserve Civil Affairs units across eight western states and Hawaii. These Citizen Soldiers bring their civilian expertise to support military operations, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance missions throughout the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.



    Date Taken: 06.26.2016
    Date Posted: 06.28.2016 01:36
    Story ID: 202612
    Location: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, US 

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