Country Singer writes to remind us that, probably one of the most famous commanders of Desert Storm, (now) Major General Herbert Raymond McMasters has assumed command of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, GA. He was also promoted to his second star. MG McMaster commanded “Eagle Troop” of the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of 73 Easting (Objective Norfolk). In my opinion, for whatever that’s worth, there is probably no one more suited to the job as MG McMaster.
MG McMaster was not just a brilliant junior officer who exemplified the proper application of AirLand Battle at the small unit level, he was also a highly successful regimental commander and an intellectual with a passion for military history. His passion for history isn’t just a fascination with the past, but rather as a tool to inform future leaders and improve the the current Army.
I can’t think of a better commander to help integrate Army and Infantry at the new Maneuver Center of Excellence, and implement the Army’s current doctrine of Unified Land Operations across the primary ground combat arms.
One also hopes this presages a tour as a division commander, and future advancement.