“A new perspective and a new set of eyes is exactly what this community needs,” said Col. Kyle A. Reed, former garrison commander of Fort Bragg.
Col. Phillip D. Sounia took leadership as the new garrison commander during the Fort Bragg Garrison change of command ceremony, May 31, at the Main Post Flag Pole.
Sounia, who has served in various units in the 82nd Airborne Division since 2009, replaced Reed, who had been the commander for the past two years.
“This is a bittersweet moment,” Reed said. “I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this job. I have enjoyed this job, the people and serving as a spokesperson for this community.”
Maj. Gen. Brian J. McKiernan, deputy commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, said during his remarks that Reed has been an instrumental asset to the Fort Bragg community through countless situations, from deployments and hurricane recovery efforts, to housing issues.
During his farewell speech, Reed reflected on his time as the garrison commander.
“I have stood in the rain, soaked and wet helping clean out gutters,” he said. “I have watched how a community pulled together to help each other after devastating hurricanes. Being surrounded by good people in the community has been a great experience.’’
Reed’s next duty assignment is serving as the operations officer for the XVIII Abn. Corps.
Sounia is now in charge of managing activities, overseeing the staff of the garrison directorates and assisting in the management of all garrison responsibilities.
“There are a lot of things that I want to accomplish,” Sounia said. “One of those being, we want to have a greater sense of community with everyone both inside and outside the post.”
He also talked about various plans he and the garrison staff look toward including improving communication, proposals, roads issues and plans for Family members as well.
“My experience with Family members is that if we make sure that everyone knows what’s going on, that relieves some stress off Family members,” Sounia said. “Col. Reed has done a tremendous job with communication and keeping spouses in the loop of things. We want to continue that.”