Fort Riley hosted a change of command ceremony Friday morning.
The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held at Calvary Parade Field, but due to weather conditions, the ceremony was held indoors.
Col. Timothy R. Mungie officially replaced Col. Rory A. Crooks as 1st Infantry Division artillery brigade commander Friday. Crooks will be appointed as the director of Concepts at the Futures and Concepts Center at Fort Eustis Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia.
Mungie was born in Arizona, but moved to California soon after his father returned from service in Vietnam. At San Diego State University, he completed Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and was commissioned in 1997 as a field artillery officer. Mungie did a lot of moving around after that, as he was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, then deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, as the a fire support officer for the 1-21 Infantry. With several other stops after that, Mungie recently completed an Army War College Fellowship at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His additional military education includes the Canadian Forces College Command and Staff Program and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University, a master of arts degree in Management from Webster University and a master of military arts and science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Crooks took the podium for the last time before handing the keys to Mungie, and reflected on how fast his time went as commander. He thanked all those around him for undertaking tremendous burdens, but making it look easy. He also thanked those who attended the ceremonies and applauded them for making everyone at Fort Riley feel like they are at home despite all soldiers having such different backgrounds.
Mungie was then officially introduced as the new incoming commander and, after a brief speech, the Big Red One song was played to close the ceremony and begin the Mungie era.