New Fort Benning General Takes Command

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As Major General Michael Barbero heads overseas, called upon to serve his country earlier than expected, Major General Michael Ferriter returns to Fort Benning, a place he's been many times before.

His biggest challenge, though, lies ahead--bringing Fort Benning through the end of the BRAC process, and making sure that everyone makes a smooth transition.

One tip that he took from General Barbero...

"Dispel concerns that someone from Fort Knox might have, that they're coming in as anything other than our soldiers. Everyone who comes here is on our team, and our team's growing," said Ferriter.

Another big concern--will the area be ready to deal with the thousands of people moving to the Valley, especially when it comes to the local school systems?

"We are paying particular attention to making sure we have the right amount of rooms and teachers, to ensure new families with school age kids that they're taken care of," said Ferriter.

As Ferriter takes command, Major General Barbero will head to Washington D.C. for the next month, until he leaves for Iraq.

He will take command of the Multi-National Security Transition Command, which used to be headed by David Petraeus.

"I am excited about serving, it's my time to go, many soldiers here have done three or four deployments, so it's hard to say no or even hesitate when you get the call because we are here to serve," said Barbero.