Fort Riley, Kansas



‘Gladiators’ gain new commander

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 11, 2014

Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Riley, welcomed a new commander to its ranks during a June 18 change of command ceremony at Ware Parade Field.

The Garrison “Gladiators” bid farewell to outgoing commander Capt. Michael McCoy and welcomed Capt. Daniel Bell as its new commander.

Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole presided over the ceremony.

“Throughout his command, Capt. McCoy emphasized and promoted the historical impact the ‘Big Red One’ and Fort Riley has had on our Army and our nation,” Cole said.

Cole thanked McCoy and his wife for their service, and welcomed Bell and his family to the garrison team.

Bell previously served as the aide-de-camp for Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley.

Cole discussed how Bell’s role and service will now change with his new position.

“Now, you’ll be an aide to all of the (USAG) Soldiers and their families (at Fort Riley). Soldiers and families are our greatest assets, and I charge you to care for them each and every day,” he said.

During his command, McCoy was in charge of the care of more than 7,000 Soldiers and family members at Fort Riley.

“People are the most important resource of any organization, and if they can trust leadership to take care of them when they need it, the entire organization benefits. Taking care of Soldiers is what we strive to achieve every single day,” McCoy said.

McCoy will head to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with his family.

Bell has been at Fort Riley since 2009, serving in several different capacities. However, he said, this new assignment will be unlike any of his previous duties.

“This position is different than anything I’ve ever done in the Army before. There’s a reception focus, and just learning how the garrison works is going to be a new challenge for me,” he said.

In his address to the audience and Soldiers of his new command, the new commander expressed gratitude and optimism.

“I’m truly grateful for this opportunity to take this company and continue to improve upon the outstanding work that has been done by my predecessors,” Bell said. “I’m anxious to welcome new Soldiers into this great installation and show them why Fort Riley is the best place to come home to.”
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