January 10, 2005

Wyman assumes command of 29th Infantry Division


Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Wyman receives the colors of the 29th Infantry Division as a symbol of his assumption of command of the division. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

By Pfc. Occoless Trotter
29th ID (L) Public Affairs Office

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., passed the 29th Infantry Division (Light) colors to Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Wyman, during a change of command ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., on Nov. 6.

Long had been the division commanding general since August 2002. He has assumed the position of Department of Defense, deputy director for operations, Iraq Project and Contracting Office Baghdad, Iraq.

Wyman began his commissioned officer career upon graduation from Artillery Officer Candidate School in 1967 as a second lieutenant. After seven years as an active duty officer, he furthered his career in the Massachusetts Army National Guard beginning in January 1974. Wyman began serving with the 29th Infantry Division in October 1997 as a brigade commander for the 26th Infantry Brigade. Wyman had worked as the Assistant Division Commander (Troops) for the 29th Infantry Division since July 2000.

“I couldn’t feel better,” said Wyman about taking command of the 29th Infantry Division. “It’s a great honor and a great privilege.”

Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz, director of the Army National Guard, described Wyman as a seasoned leader and someone who will make an outstanding commander.

“When you think about leading Soldiers, we keep standards pretty high,” said Schultz.

He further emphasized the importance of having a leader that is “fully capable of commanding the division should there be a wartime deploying mission for the 29th ID (L). The 29th is in good hands.”

Col. David G. Wrenn, chief of staff for the 29th ID (L) said he looks forward to developing a relationship with Wyman and called him a “very detailed man.”

Wyman dedicated the change of command ceremony to the memory of 1st Lt. Alfred Schofield, a friend of Wyman and fellow infantry officer, who lost his life while serving in South Vietnam in 1968.

“Today, I accept this honor in your name,” said Wyman. “And in so doing celebrate your sacrifice made for our nation.”

The ceremony was modeled after the 1st Army tradition for change of command ceremonies, which involved 14 representatives and guidon bearers for each of the division’s subordinate units, as opposed to having all members of the units attend. This format prevents disruption of scheduled missions and enables Soldiers to continue their training.

As division commander and with the cooperation of five state adjutants generals, Wyman is responsible for the readiness, operations and training of more than 11,000 Soldiers from Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Wyman is the 29th Infantry Division’s eighteenth division commander.

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