Scott takes command of Fort Pickett

Lt. Col. William P. Scott takes command of the Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center from Col. William L. Korsen April 12, 2014, during a change of command ceremony held at the Post Stadium. Brig. Gen. Steven T. Scott, assistant adjutant general - support, presided over the exchange of organizational colors that began and ended with Fort Pickett Command Sgt. Maj. Michael "Doc" McGhee signifying the transfer of command from Korsen to Scott. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. William P. Scott takes command of the Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center from Col. William L. Korsen April 12, 2014, during a change of command ceremony held at the Post Stadium. Brig. Gen. Steven T. Scott, assistant adjutant general – support, presided over the exchange of organizational colors that began and ended with Fort Pickett Command Sgt. Maj. Michael “Doc” McGhee signifying the transfer of command from Korsen to Scott. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — Lt. Col. William P. Scott took command of the Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center from Col. William L. Korsen April 12, 2014, during a change of command ceremony held at the Post Stadium. Brig. Gen. Steven T. Scott, assistant adjutant general – support, presided over the exchange of organizational colors that began and ended with Fort Pickett Command Sgt. Maj. Michael “Doc” McGhee signifying the transfer of command from Korsen to Scott.

Korsen now serves as the chief of staff for the 29th Infantry Division. Scott served as the deputy Virginia Army Guard operations officer prior to taking command.

“Col. Bill Korsen has been a tremendous asset to Fort Pickett,” Scott said. “During his tenure, he implemented an aggressive improvement plan that encompassed facilities, processes and organizations.”

He noted that facilities improvements included barracks and bachelor officer quarters renovations, road paving, physical plant and range upgrades.

“He created and implemented efficiencies in master planning, contracting of services, training management and increased transparency by improving communications with the local community and general public,” Scott said. “He successfully integrated Camp Pendleton operations and administration into a larger, more comprehensive MTC operation that provides better oversight and created efficiencies by reducing duplications.”

Brig. Gen. Scott praised Lt. Col. Scott as “an accomplished, professional officer” whose variety of assignments and breadth of experience will set him up for success at the helm of Fort Pickett. He said that he had complete faith and confidence that Scott would continue the work Korsen started and bring new ideas to posture Fort Pickett as a premier regional training center.

“I could not comprehend all the functions that were required to run the installation, but the Soldiers in this formation and the other three teams who are not here today do it to standard, sometimes undermanned, but always with a smile on their face,” Korsen said. “I thank each of your for your support and what you do for the Virginia Army National Guard.”

Korsen also thanked McGhee and his wife Melody for their support, and he gave special thanks to his family for their support. He also thanked the local government officials and recognized the installation’s state employees for all the work they do to keep the post running.

“It gives me great pride to be part of the legacy of past garrison commanders, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of world class support for Soldiers, Airmen and state partners in the future,” Lt. Col. Scott said.

Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division Band provided music for the ceremony.

Fort Pickett is approximately 41,000 acres and operated by the Virginia National Guard. It features a combination of open and wooded terrain maneuver areas and 21 ranges capable of supporting almost any weapons system in the U. S. Army inventory. In addition, the installation has a rail spur and C-17 capable airfield as well as barracks to support more than 5,000 personnel and morale, welfare and recreation facilities including a gym, post exchange and leisure center.

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