JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn assumed command of U.S. Army South during a change of command ceremony on Thursday, June 4.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn assumed command of U.S. Army South during a change of command ceremony on Thursday, June 4.

The ceremony was held at U.S. Army South headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. U.S. Army South is a major subordinate command of FORSCOM and conducts multinational exercises and coordinates security for the areas under the purview of United States Southern Command.

Chinn, who took over for outgoing commander Maj. Gen. Joseph DiSalvo, said during the ceremony that he was honored to have been selected for such a prestigious position and to continue the proud legacy of U.S. Army South.

"I am appreciative, as I have transitioned, to observe 'Juntos Podemos - Together We Can' is more than just a slogan; that it is a state of mind that represents the foundation for everything being done in this command," Chinn said. "The integration, synchronization, spirit of partnership and cooperation is on target and I look forward to continuing to foster the teamwork generated with joint, interagency, inter-organizational, multinational responses to challenges in Latin America."

Chinn's most recent assignment was deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.  

Chinn previously served as Commanding General of Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center from Jan. 2011 to Nov. 2013. He has also served as Chief of Staff for the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (Provisional); Deputy Commanding General (support) for Combined Joint Task Force 82 in Afghanistan and as Deputy Commanding General (support) of the 82nd Airborne Division; and Deputy Commanding General for Afghan National Security Forces Development South of Kabul for CJTF 101, Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Chinn said Fort Polk is a key part of training soldiers and national defense at large, and his tenure there helped him further his career in the Army. He said he and his spouse Val enjoyed resounding support from the community while they were stationed there. 

"Val and I want to thank the great Fort Polk community for the great teamwork while we served at Fort Polk, the Home of Heroes," he said. "The Fort Polk community and their support to the Army as we executed realistic, relevant and rigorous training at JRTC in preparing Brigade Combat Teams for combat operations had a huge role in my being provided an opportunity to command at the two-star level. Thanks to all for the friendship and support."  

Fort Polk has a legacy of successful officers going on to lead other distinguished commands:

- Brig. Gen. William Hickman, who led Fort Polk from Nov. 2012 - Mar 2015, now serves as deputy commander with the U.S. Army Central/Third U.S. Army at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and has been tapped for promotion to Major General. The unit's home base is Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina.

- Lieutenant Gen. Daniel Bolger served as CG of Fort Polk from August 2006 to April 2008, later going on to serve as commander of the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.For his final assignment prior to retirement in 2013, he served as Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan/Commander, NATO Training Mission, Afghanistan.

- Lieutenant Gen. Michael Barbero served as Commanding General of Fort Polk from Apr. 2004 - Jun. 2006. He went on to serve as commander of the U.S. Army Infantry Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, and led the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and NATO Training Mission-Iraq. He served as Director for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization from March 2011 until May 2013 as his last assignment prior to retirement.

- Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya, who served as Fort Polk's Commanding General from Dec. 2001-Apr. 2004, later served as Commanding General, Southern European Task Force and as Director, Joint Training, and Commander of the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Virginia. He is retired.

- Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack Jr. lead Fort Polk from Dec. 1999 - Dec. 2001, later serving as the Commanding General for the 82nd Airborne Division and as the Deputy Commanding General for the 18th Airborne Corps before retirement.