RELEASE NUMBER: 120606-03
DATE POSTED: JUNE 6, 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY: USASOAC to hold change of command ceremony
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 6, 2012)- The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command will hold a change of command ceremony June 13, 10 a.m. on Meadows Field at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command headquarters.
Maj. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum will relinquish command to Col. Clayton M. Hutmacher in a traditional Army ceremony.
Hutmacher is taking command following an assignment as assistant commanding general for Special Operations Forces Mobility, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission, Afghanistan.
Mangum has been the commander of USASOAC since the unit activated in March 2011 and will serve as the acting deputy commander general for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Host for the ceremony is Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
In a separate ceremony, Mangum will be presented the Gold Order of St. Michael at 9:30 a.m. in the Heritage Auditorium. The Order of St. Michael recognizes individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Army Aviation through a lifetime of service to the Aviation Branch. Out of more than 8,000 recipients of this award, Mangum will be only the 110th to receive the Gold order.
FOR THE MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the change of command ceremony must contact the USASOC Public Affairs Office at 910-432-3146 by Tuesday, June 12, 12 p.m. Media should provide after-hours contact information, to include email addresses in case of any changes to the program schedule. Media are not invited to the award presentation.
Please provide the number of news team members, video/still photographers, live-feed trucks and other special equipment you plan to bring to the ceremony. Special needs or interview requests should be submitted at this time as well.
Media should meet representatives from the USASOC PAO office at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Stryker entry control parking lot. The media convoy will depart no later than 9 a.m.