FORT IRWIN The U.S. Army's National Training Center and Fort Irwin will conduct a change of command later this month.


Brig. Gen. Theodore D. Martin will receive the NTC colors from outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell at a ceremony on Feb. 21.


Ferrell commanded the NTC and Fort Irwin since Feb. 2011, and his next assignment will be commander of Combined Joint Task force Horn of Africa, according to a press release.


Martin arrives from assignment as Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He previously served at the NTC as commander of the Operations Group. He also served as Commander of the C-Company 2nd Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment and 3rd Infantry Division in Germany and Commander of the 1st Squadron, 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Hood, Texas and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.


The change of command ceremony will include speeches from the outgoing and incoming commanders, a 17-gun salute (blank ammunition fired from cannon) and a review of troops. All units stationed at the NTC and Fort Irwin will be in attendance and the ceremony take place at the parade field on post at 2 p.m.


The NTC is the "premier combat training center in the world" and is home to approximately 5,000 active duty personnel and 6,900 family members, according to the release. At the NTC deploying combat ready units train for worldwide contingencies "in the most holistic and realistic environment available by providing a range of potential conditions U.S. ground forces might encounter based on real-world intelligence."


About 50,000 U.S. and multinational forces were trained in fiscal year 2012 and the NTC conducts 10, 28-day training rotations per year.


For more information about Fort Irwin and the NTC go to: www.irwin.army.mil.