FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) - The Lawton Fort Sill community is saying goodbye to Mayor General Brian McKiernan. His change of command ceremony was held this morning on Fort Sill. They also when the new commanding general Major General Wilson Shoffner. He will now head the "Army Fires Center of Excellence".
It was a bittersweet day for Major General Brian McKiernan as he bid farewell to Fort Sill.
"Until we see you next time this is Fires 6 signing off the net, team strong, Fire Sill, Oklahoma pride, thank you very much it's been a great ride," said McKiernan.
For the past year McKiernan served as the post's commanding general.During his speech he expressed how he wasn't ready to go, but says there is more work to be done.
"We are at a great place right now and our Army in terms of rebuilding some capability and that has really important implications for Lawton Fort Sill because we should see some significant growth in for structure and that's going to increase the mission here at Fort Sill," said McKiernan.
He and his wife Sharon called Lawton Fort Sill their home town and a place they will forever cherish.
"All my daughters, my wife were engaged by members of the community and made to feel at home and so being an Army family and not having roots this now feels like a place where we need to grow some roots," said McKiernan.
McKiernan is no stranger to Fort Sill, three decades ago, he went through basic training. He returned in 2012, and served as the commandant of the Field Artillery school on post for 16 months.
As McKiernan closes this chapter of his career a new chapter opens for the new commanding general, Major General Wilson Shoffner.
"I look forward to being apart of the Fires Center of Excellence, the Fort Sill team, and this great Lawton community. I intend to do all that I can to continue the monument that General McKiernan and the FCO team have contributed towards renewing the worlds premiere fires force with new capabilities," said Shoffner.
Shoffner also served as the Army's liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives.
He has also been the deputy commander for the 1st Armored Division and commander over Fort Bliss in Texas
McKiernan will now be the deputy commanding general for the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg in North Carolina