By Tiamoyo Harris
The U.S. Army Cadet Command bid farewell to Deputy Commanding General Brig. Gen. Brian J. Mennes and welcomed his successor, Col. Sean A. Gainey in an official ceremony June 17 at Sadowski Field House at Fort Knox.
Maj. Gen. Peggy C. Combs acted as host at what she called the bittersweet ceremony. Commenting on the events and changes in Cadet Command recently, she acknowledged that this year was a “sweeping year of change.” She complimented Mennes’ teamwork and partnership, and acknowledged Gainey’s distinguished background and commitment to excellence.
Guests at the ceremony included Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Arnold, Radcliff’s mayor Michael Weaver, Commanding General of Human Resources Command Maj. Gen. Thomas Seamands, and other senior military officials and their family members.
Mennes’ next assignment will be Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver, 2d Infantry Division in Korea. A 1988 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Mennes has a distinguished record which includes service in the Sinai Desert with the United Nations Multinational Force and Observers, along multiple deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gainey will assume the role of Deputy Commanding Officer after commanding the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bragg. A 1990 graduate of Georgia Southern University, Gainey was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Air Defense Artillery. He also commanded the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery in Kaiserslautern, Germany. His awards include the Defense
Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star.
Both Mennes and Gainey thanked their friends and family and promised to continue their hard work and dedication.