III Corps and Fort Hood welcomed a new commander on Tuesday during a change of command ceremony at the corps’ headquarters.

As the 61st Commander of the III Armored Corps, I made it very clear that our job was to fight and win," said LTG Pat White, former commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood.

Lt. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe took the reins from Lt. Gen. Robert “Pat” White during a ceremony overseen by Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, the corps’ higher headquarters.

No matter what anybody says, there’s no greater command than command of this corp,” he said. “I’m just telling you up front, write that down and you reflect on that in a couple of years.

Bernabe most recently served as the commander of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas. White is retiring after 37 years of service.

I look forward to what this team is going to accomplish under your leadership, he said during his remarks. So again for those who were able make it on short notice.

He has served in a leadership role at Fort Hood in the past, as the commander of the Second Armored Brigade Combat Team of the First Cavalry Division.

It’s exciting to be a part of this headquarters at the Third Armored Corp,” Bernabe said. “For me, it’s a great opportunity to have a positive impact on so many more soldiers and so many more families. So I’m most excited about that opportunity.