By Master Sgt. Michael Chann
FORT KNOX, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2012) — Friday morning was filled with celebration as Brig. Gen. Richard P. Mustion was promoted to major general here before taking command of U.S. Army Human Resources Command from Maj. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee.
In her last act as HRC’s first female commanding general, Farrisee passed the flag during a change-of-command ceremony in the quad of the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex, and incoming HRC commander Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mustion assumed command.
The passing of the flag from the command sergeant major to the outgoing commander to the vice chief of staff of the Army, to the incoming commander and, lastly, to the command sergeant major is a circuit that signifies the relinquishment of command, acceptance of command and confidence placed in the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.
Farrisee’s official retirement ceremony followed where she was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal, a certificate of appreciation from the president of the United States, and a certificate of retirement after 34 years of service.
Mustion returns to Fort Knox from the Pentagon where he served as the director of military personnel management under the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1/Personnel. He spent two years at Fort Knox from 2009 to 2011 when he served as the 64th adjutant general of the Army, U.S. Army Human Resources Command.
Among the honored guests were Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, III, vice chief of staff of the Army; the Honorable Harry Berry, Judge Executive Hardin County; The Honorable Gerry Lynn, Judge Executive Meade County; Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker; Thomas R. Lamonte, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and Reserve affairs; Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg; retired Lt. Gen. William Harrison; retired Lt. Gen. David H. Ohle; retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Cosumano Jr.; and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Rochelle.