167th Theater Sustainment Command receives new commander, enlisted leader

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Story by SGT Jeremy Dunkle on 12/03/2017
ANNISTON, ALA Maj. Gen. Donald B. Tatum assumed command of the Alabama National Guard's 167th Theater Sustainment Command from Maj. Gen. Allen M. Harrell in a ceremony at Marshall Parade Field, Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center, Dec. 2, 2017.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Stallings also assumed responsibility of the unit from Command Sgt. Maj. William H. Jones.

Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon, the Alabama National Guard adjutant general, officiated the ceremony.

Tatum's previous assignment was assistant adjutant general, Alabama National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. He also previously served as the 167th TSC deputy commanding general, as well as the commander of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, among other distinguished assignments. In his speech, Tatum expressed his excitement about the units upcoming mission change from U.S. Northern Command to U.S. Southern Command.

Harrell had served as commanding general of the unit since September 2014 and previously served as its deputy commander and operations officer (G3). In his closing remarks, Harrell emphasized the incredible job he thought that the 167th TSC had done in earning a reputation consistent with the unit's motto, "They rely on us."

"You've accomplished an awful lot," said Harrell, addressing the unit. "They rely on us, and I knew I could always rely on you."

Harrell is moving on to be the Army Materiel Command assistant deputy commanding general - Army National Guard at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

The unit also welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Stallings comes to the 167th after serving as a command sergeant major for several brigade and group level organizations, including a deployment to Iraq. Stallings brings the experience of his 32 years of service to the organization.

Command Sgt. Maj. William H. Jones leaves the 167th for retirement after more than 30 years in the military, both on active duty and in the Alabama Army National Guard. Jones had served as the senior enlisted advisor for the 167th since September 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Alabama National Guard state command sergeant major.

The change of command and change of responsibility ceremony was held in typical military fashion with the passing of the command's colors between the outgoing and incoming commanding generals and the passing of an Army saber from one command sergeant major to the next.

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