Change of Command

U.S. Army BG Benchoff, hosts the Change of Command ceremony in honor of out going Col. Seawright and in coming Col. Fairclough at Fort Belvoir VA., Aug. 14, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Darrell Hudson)

The U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency conducted a change-of-command ceremony, Aug. 14 in Thurman Auditorium, Humphreys Hall, Fort Belvoir. 

Col. Dover Seawright III relinquished command to Col. William M. (Mike) Fairclough, who joins USAFMSA from Secretary of the Joint Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Korea. The ceremony was officiated by Brig. Gen. Peter N. Benchoff, director of Force Management, G-3/5/7. 

Fairclough is assuming command at a critical point in reshaping the U.S. Army force structures to achieve greater readiness and capabilities through modernization and reforms. 

In his remarks, Fairclough extolled his excitement, saying he look forward “…to taking charge of this great organization and to the exciting times that lie ahead for the U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency.” 

With a change-of-command, it is a bittersweet moment for the USAFMSA workforce. They will miss Seawright’s strong and fair leadership, but look forward to the new challenges and directions of Army Force Management with their new commander.