‘Tropic Lightning’ bids farewell to chief of staff

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Spc. Mahlet Tesfaye
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs 

Col. Thomas Guthrie, right, outgoing chief of staff, 25th Infantry Division, and Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID, salute the colors during a “Flying V” ceremony held in Guthrie’s honor, June 23, at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Infantry Division said goodbye to its outgoing chief of staff, at Sills Field, here, July 23.

Col. Thomas Guthrie was farewelled with a “Flying V” ceremony, which displays respect and gratitude for departing key military officers

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID, praised Guthrie for his unchanged quality of service and character throughout his military career, and selfless service to the division, during his remarks.

According to Champoux, Guthrie expertly executed three division-level staff exercises, as well as the division’s final mission readiness exercise, which prepared the division for combat.

“When I talk about leadership by example, I think of Tom Guthrie,” Champoux said. “He has high standards, expects a lot of himself, expects a lot from the division staff, and cares deeply about Soldiers and about building mutual trust and respect.”

Guthrie implemented several changes and systems throughout the division, including the rapid adaptation initiative and the realignment of division staff into boards, working groups and a new fusion cell. Champoux said these innovative ideas clearly made a difference in the 25th ID.

Faced with the ever constant demands of equipment – from weapons to clothing, from modern fighting vehicles to improved motor pools and new barracks – Guthrie called upon strong ties and established partnerships with local and military communities to ensure 25th ID Soldiers had exactly what they needed to prepare for wa.

“To all, I simply say, thank you,” Guthrie said. “You all inspire me, and I hope that I was more encouraging than suppressing to the staff and the brigade combat teams. All of you earned and deserved great latitude and the freedom to help this command succeed … you never disappoint.”

Guthrie thanked and recognized people he worked with who had a big impact on his career and personal life during his time with the Tropic Lightning Division.

“I do love this division, and it has some of the finest leaders in it that I have ever known,” Guthrie said. “People run the Army … and I had some great (people) on the staff during my tenure as chief that made me look better than I am,” he said.

Guthrie’s next duty station is Fort Leavenworth, Kan. 

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