On an ideal airborne day, and amid ceremonial music from the 82nd Airborne Division band, the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg community welcomed its newest commander, Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, who assumed command at Fort Bragg’s Main Post Parade Field, June 22.
Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, presided over the ceremony and welcomed Allyn and his Family back to Fort Bragg. He assured the community that it was receiving a highly, efficient leader.
“It’s a special day for the Allyn Family, this community and, most importantly, for the Soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers of the XVIII Airborne Corps,” said Rodriguez. “Today marks a special transition in the corps headquarters as we mark the passage of responsibility to Lieutenant General Allyn, the 36th commander of XIII Airborne Corps.”
Allyn is a native of Berwick, Maine, and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Prior to re-joining the XVIII Abn. Corps, Allyn commanded the 1st Cavalry Division, including duty as the Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force-1 and Regional Command East in Afghanistan. Allyn previously served as the deputy commanding general, XVIII Abn. Corps, and chief of staff, XVIII Abn. Corps, which included duty as chief of staff, Multi-National Corps-Iraq.
He reiterated his resolve and commitment to leading and assuming the responsibilities as commander of America’s Contingency Corps.
“I fully accept the magnitude of this charge to lead and serve our Army’s finest Soldiers and leaders,” said Allyn. “Since the founding of the XVIII Airborne Corps sixty-eight-years ago, our legacy remains true today, which is to be our nation’s primary strategic response force.
“It is not if, but more when, our nation calls us to rapidly respond to global crisis, as we have throughout our history,” Allyn said.
“The strength of our troopers, whether in harms way or at home station, remains in our Army Families,” said Allyn. “Families are our nation’s treasure, as you all endure so much and ask so little for the love of your trooper and your country.
“Thank you for all that you do and all that you will do for the days ahead. It is an honor to serve as your corps commander,” said Allyn.
Following his speech, Allyn concluded with a simple message to the Soldiers and Families of XVIII Abn. Corps and Fort Bragg.