FORT MONROE, Va. (TRADOC News Service, Aug. 10, 2005) – Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Jones, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s deputy commanding general and chief of staff, assumed command of TRADOC Aug. 9 after Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker relieved Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes of command Aug. 8.
The acting CG will lead TRADOC until the new commander takes the reins at a date yet to be determined. The new CG will probably be Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, who was announced in April for the post. Wallace, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., has been nominated for a fourth star but has not yet been confirmed by the Senate.
“Over the past two years, TRADOC has continually adapted and has been at the forefront of support to our Army at war and transforming,” Jones wrote in a memo to TRADOC employees. “(Our) priorities and the continued effort needed to support them remain unchanged. The TRADOC team is a solid organization. We all understand the importance of ensuring that our Soldiers are trained and equipped, prepared for combat and embodied with the Warrior Ethos. Soldiers remain the centerpiece of all we do. We will not skip a beat in performing our mission as we work through this transition period.”
Schoomaker relieved Byrnes based on an investigation into his personal conduct. The investigation is undergoing further review to determine final disposition of the matter, an Army spokesman said, adding that further details could not yet be released.
As TRADOC commander, Byrnes was responsible for recruiting, training and educating the Army’s Soldiers; developing its leaders; supporting training in units; developing doctrine; establishing standards; and building the future Army. TRADOC consists of more than 50,000 Soldiers and Army civilian employees operating 33 Army schools across 16 installations.