Brigadier General Gary M. Brito assumed command of Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk in a change of command ceremony Wednesday at the instillation’s Warrior Field.
Brito, formerly the deputy commanding general, (operations) 25th Infantry Division, Schofield
Barracks, Hawaii, replaced Brigadier General Timothy P. McGuire, who has held the post for a little
over a year.
The sunny, cool morning set the perfect stage for the ceremony as the local residents and ldignitaries watched McGuire hand the colors over and relinquish command to Brito.
“It’s bittersweet as these things always are,” expressed McGuire. “ We have enjoyed being a part
of this incredible team.”
McGuire’s next assignment will be as deputy commanding general , U.S. Army Europe, Germany.
U.S. forces have a long history at Fort Polk. Camp Polk was established on January10, 1941 and
thousands of soldiers learned the basics of combat there during World War II’s Louisiana Maneuvers.
It is also home to the Joint Readiness Training Center or “JRTC” and Brito is excited to take over
“I feel very blessed and I’m very humbled by that. The qualities I hope to bring with me is being a little senior I’ve trained a lot, both in helping to train units and in being a unit that has been trained and I feel I can help with that and I also bring with me a new set of eyes.”
Brito has served in a variety of commands and assignments, including commander, 120th Infantry Brigade, First Army; commander, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division; operations officer (S3), 2nd Battalion , 8th Infantry Regiment and later as the brigade operations officer, 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division.
Additionally, he served as an aid-de-camp to the 111 Corps command general, Fort Hood, Texas;
chief, Commander’s Planning Group and interim executive officer to commanding general, Training
and Doctrine Command and is eager to bring that skill-set with him to Fort Polk.
”I will continue to provide the best leadership possible,” Brito stated. “I will give 110% at all times.
I’m a very approachable person and will maintain a razor sharp edge training.I will work with the
families and make this a station of choice for them.”