MDW Colors Passed: Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy passes the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region flag to incoming Military District of Washington/Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region Commander Brig. Gen. Omar Jones during a change of command ceremony at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, June 4.

 A one-time Army spokesperson and world-class marathon runner is now in charge of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. 

In a time-honored tradition, Brig. Gen. Omar Jones assumed command from Maj. Gen. Michael Howard during a change of command at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Conmy Hall, June 4. 

Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, and one of the event’s hosts, pointed out the importance of how MDW/ JFHQ-NCR’s mission overlaps with the Northcom’s mission. 

“A safe capital is a representation of a safe nation and what you’ve been able to accomplish during this time you’ve been in command reflects the highest credit upon your joint services and directly impacts a safe and secure home,” he said to Howard. 

Now on watch and ready to keep the Army’s MDW/JFHQ-NCR strong, Jones thanked change of command hosts O’Shaughnessy and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, director of the Army Staff, and Howard and his family. 

During Piatt’s remarks, he praised the incoming and outgoing commanders, noting that Jones’ selection as the new MDW/JFHQ-NCR chief was an excellent choice. 

“The Army got this pick right putting Omar in command,” Piatt said. “Omar is an amazing Soldier who has excelled at every level, from West Point super cadet to the spokesperson