community of Fort Drum welcomes new garrison commander | Item
FORT DRUM, NY (July 23, 2021) – Col. James J. Zacchino Jr. assumed command of the Fort Drum garrison from outgoing Commander Col. Jeffery Lucas in a July 23 ceremony outside LeRay Mansion.
Zacchino previously served at Fort Drum as the Logistics Advisory and Training Team Leader and Assistant Brigade Support Operations Officer for the 10th Mountain Support Brigade, and deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq. He was also the Support Operations Officer and Executive Officer of the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and he was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan.
âMaria (wife), James (son) and I are very happy to be back in the north of the country and be part of the Fort Drum team,â said Zacchino. âWe have fond memories of our time here and of the many friends who made on and off the facility. “
Prior to arriving at Fort Drum, Zacchino completed a scholarship from the US Army War College in Rome, Italy, and served as the support operations officer of the 79th Theater Sustainment Command (Forward) in Vicenza, Italy.
During his remarks, Zacchino thanked Lucas for welcoming him to the north of the country and helping him in his transition to the post of garrison commander.
âYour inspiring leadership and dedicated approach to garrison leadership is impressive,â he said. âTo the US Army Garrison-Fort Drum team, your remarkable reputation as the Army’s best installation is proudly manifested in taking care of this incredible community while enabling the preparation of our most powerful division. army. “
Brenda Lee McCullough, from the US Army Installation Management Command Directorate-Readiness (ID-R), presided over the ceremony. She praised Lucas for his strong, resourceful and inspiring leadership over the past two years, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
” Collar. Lucas managed the challenges of the Garrison through collaboration, strategic planning, and strong partnerships that included an exceptional civilian workforce, state and local community leaders and members of Congress from New York, âshe said. “His command presence was felt throughout the installation during the demanding workload generated by the pandemic, a high rate of deployment and redeployment operation and extremely cold winter weather conditions.”
McCullough credited Lucas’ focus on installation readiness and force protection capabilities which resulted in a $ 21 million funding project to update the trackhead complex on the post . She said Lucas had overseen the expansion of one of the military’s strongest Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) partnerships.
âIMCOM has recognized the inter-occupation maintenance procedures at Fort Drum and adopted them throughout the Facilities Management Command,â she said. âFort Drum was the leader and subject matter expert in the execution of all Army Barracks Management programs and is the Army standard for barracks management. “
During his tenure, Lucas also approved the merger of the Army Community Service Support Services (ACS) into the Human Resources Directorate and created a new Soldier and Family Readiness Division. This provided enhanced support to soldiers and family members, and it streamlined capabilities to improve readiness across the facility.
Lucas thanked his command team, directors and the entire garrison workforce for their tireless support to the community of Fort Drum. He said civilian employees are often the first people to greet soldiers and their families in the morning, and the last people they interact with at the end of the day – whether at access control points. , children’s development centers, fitness facilities. or other support services.
âIt has been a privilege to serve with each of you, and thank you for your continued support,â said Lucas.
A photo album of the ceremony is available at www.flickr.com/photos/drum10thmountain/albums/72157719633411315.