FORT IRWIN NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER — Brig. Gen. Jeffrey D. Broadwater stood at the podium before rows of his U.S. Army soldiers Wednesday morning and proclaimed his pledge to train to win.
"Fort Irwin is the crown jewel of the Army. There's is nothing we can't accomplish together and I look forward in serving alongside each and one of you," Broadwater told the soldiers. "Remember, our job is not to decide where to go when our nation calls, but be ready to win where and anytime when called. Train to win, Army strong."
Broadwater then jogged out to the formation of soldiers standing at attention with the colors blowing in the wind. The trumpet player called for attention and Broadwater faced the formation.
Broadwater officially took over command of Fort Irwin.
"Words cannot describe how excited the Broadwaters are to be back at the National Training Center," he said earlier in his speech during the Assumption of Command Ceremony.
He first served as the senior brigade combat team trainer from 2008 to 2010. He returned in 2014 to command the Operations Group at the training center. His military resume is long and includes deployments to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm.
Lt. Gen. Patrick J. Donahue welcomed Broadwater back to Fort Irwin during Wednesday's ceremony. He is deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.
"Gen. Broadwater, lead well. Make our Army ready. Train to win," Donahue said.
"I'm extremely excited. There's not a better place to be than the National Training Center," Broadwater said after the ceremony. "I think we are just going to continue to grow and get better and making it a complex environment so our soldiers can win whenever they are called to do whatever our Army, our world and our national leaders want us to do."
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