JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumed command of I Corps in a ceremony this morning on Watkins Parade Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A formation of more than 5,000 Soldiers representing all the major Army units on the base stretched from one end of the parade field to the other.
Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti (photo by Northwest Guardian photographer Ingrid Barrentine) assumed command from Maj. Gen. (promotable) John D. Johnson, who has been acting commander of I Corps since June 8, 2010. Gen. James D. Thurman, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, was on hand to pass the Corps’ colors from Maj. Gen. Johnson to Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti.
“It’s inspiring,” Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti said during his remarks, “particularly as an older Soldier-what strikes me today is just looking at the breadth of Soldiers on this field.”
During his remarks, Lt. Gen. Scaparrotti said one of his focal points is taking care of Soldiers and families. “We’re going to focus on all the things we do here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to take care of troopers and their families,” he said.
“The Army does a great deal these days in terms of the support that we bring to help the Soldiers reintegrate back into a base like this-a community like this, reintegrate with their family and get back into a normal routine coming out of combat.” He added, “My focus is going to be making sure we understand the processes and the resources are available to the people.”
Scaparrotti was commissioned upon graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1978. This is his first military assignment in the Pacific Northwest.
“We’ve heard so many great things and had such a great reception this past week,” Scaparrotti said, “We’re looking forward to working with everyone here at the joint base and we’re certainly looking forward to meeting with the community.”
His previous assignments include tours at Fort Drum, New York, Vicenza, Italy, and Fort Bragg, N.C., where he most recently served as Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division.