USACE Jacksonville District hosts Change of Command ceremony

Published Sept. 3, 2021

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will change hands during a traditional Army ceremony Thursday, Sept. 9, starting 1:00 p.m. at the Terry Theater, Times Union Center, 300 Water Street, Jacksonville.

The event will be livestreamed from the Jacksonville District Facebook page at  Attendance at the Times Union Center is limited and only by invitation due to COVID social distancing requirements.

The outgoing commander is Col. Andrew D. Kelly, Jr. and the incoming commander is Col. James L. Booth. Prior to joining the Jacksonville District, Booth served as the Engineer Branch Head for the Combined Security Transition Command- Afghanistan.  Booth oversaw operations and maintenance support as well as construction oversight for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces infrastructure with an annual portfolio value in excess of $700 million.

The Change of Command is a traditional ceremony that is rich in symbolism and military heritage. Passing the colors from the departing commander to the incoming commander emphasizes the continuity of leadership and unit identity, despite changes in individual authority. The ceremony also symbolizes the passage of responsibility from the departing commander to his successor.                          


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