Fort Sill says goodbye to Garrison Commander Col. Rhett Taylor

Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 5:29 PM CDT
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FORT SILL, Okla. (KSWO) - Fort Sill held a special Change of Command Ceremony this morning, as they said farewell to Colonel Rhett Taylor as the Garrison Commander.

With more than 24-years of service in the military under his belt, Colonel Taylor has spent the past four years as Garrison Commander at Fort Sill, diligently serving the Lawton community.

And today, Colonel James Peay IV took over the reigns as the new Garrison Commander.

Peay has served in the Army for the last 23 years.

And surprisingly, this isn’t his first time at Fort Sill, he completed his officer basic course at Fort Sill back in 1999.

Peay says he’s excited to be back, but admits he has some pretty big shoes to fill.

“It feels really great to be back and be part of the community, and to get to know everybody and build those relationships,” said Peay.

“The previous garrison commander has done an amazing job building relationships with the community, and working with such a great professional workforce here at Fort Sill, and I feel really fortunate to fall after him to continue to build those relationships and strengthen the bonds of the community,” said Peay.

He says his responsibilities will include overseeing ceremonies on post, as well as duties similar to that of civilian City Managers.

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