Fort Lewis, Wash. – A new commander will take the reins of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Lewis in an assumption of command ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Stadium.
Colonel Thomas H. Brittain will assume command of the garrison, which manages the day-to-day operation of Fort Lewis on behalf of the war-fighting units assigned here.
Brittain comes to Fort Lewis from his previous assignment as a student at the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
He is an infantry officer and was commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 1986. He has served in numerous command and staff positions in the 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; 11th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Benning, Ga.; 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.; Task Force Eagle (Bosnia); 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and the Infantry Training Brigade, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment and the Infantry School and Center at Fort Benning.
Colonel Cynthia A. Murphy, who has commanded the garrison since Aug. 15, 2006, relinquished command on July 17, a week in advance of the ceremony. Although she had planned to be at the ceremony to hand the unit over to Brittain, Murphy departed early to travel to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for treatment.
Murphy is scheduled to join the I Corps rear headquarters upon her return.