Gainey succeeds Sanchez as 94th AAMDC commander

| August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii-U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez (left), the outgoing 94th Army Air and Missile Defense CommandÕs commander, Gen. Robert B. Brown (center), the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, and Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey (right), the incoming 94th AAMDC commander, prepare to step down onto the historic Palm Circle lawn, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 5, 2016 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

From left on the reviewing stand, Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, Gen. Robert B. Brown and Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey at the 94th AAMDC change of command ceremony, Aug. 5.

 

Story and photos by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

FORT SHAFTER — The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command said farewell to Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, the outgoing commander of the 94th AAMDC, and simultaneously received Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey, its incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 5, at the historic Palm Circle, here.

Gen. Robert Brown, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, hosted the ceremony.

The event included honest praise and heartfelt well wishes to the Sanchez family, and a warm welcome to Gainey from Brown and Air Force Gen. Terrance O’Shaughnessy, commander, Pacific Air Forces.

“The 94th AAMDC has the largest reach of a (theater enabling) command in the world,” explained Brown. “They span all the way from Guam to the Republic of Korea and have such a talented team; it would take someone of Eric Sanchez’s caliber to lead them and lead them effectively. That is exactly what he has done.”

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii-U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrance OÕShaughnessy, the Pacific Air Forces commander, addresses attendees to Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez and Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey's, the outgoing and incoming 94th Army Air and Missile Defense, at the change of command ceremony, Aug. 5, 22016, historic Palm Circle lawn at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Air Force Gen. Terrance O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, addresses attendees of the 94th AAMDC’s change of command.

The position of the commanding general of the 94th AAMDC requires a leader to perform three critical roles: deputy area air defense commander, senior air defense commander, and theater Army air and missile defense coordinator.

“I can tell you with great confidence, not only did Eric rise to the challenge, he has postured the unit for increased responsibility,” said Brown.

Brown advised Gainey to hang on tightly because the Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC are motivated and doing amazing things.

The roles performed by the 94th AAMDC commander demonstrate the proficiency of the unit as the experts in air missile defense within the Indo-Asia Pacific area of responsibility.

As the integrator of all missile defense systems within the Indo-Asia Pacific area of responsibility, the 94th AAMDC headquarters’ move to the Pacific Air Forces headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam ensured a more unified working relationship with the Air Force.

“We don’t just fight together, we live together, we work together, we play together and we are seamlessly integrated in all that we do, and it is really irrelevant what uniform we are wearing,” said O’Shaughnessy.

“It is a testament to the great strength of the Army on how deep the bench is that we can have the highest caliber leaders to select from in this complex world we’re in. It is critical we get the best leaders,” Brown said. “Sean is definitely the right guy for this mission.”

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii-U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey, the new commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, accepts the unitÕs colors from Gen. Robert B. Brown, the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 5, 2016 at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The passing of the colors represents the trust and confidence in the new commanderÕs leadership and commitment to care for the organizationÕs colors and what they represent. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Sean A. Gainey, the new commander of the 94th AAMDC, accepts the unit’s colors from Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander, USARPAC.

Gainey thanked the Sanchez family for helping set him up for future 94th AAMDC successes.

“Our integration into the community has been amazing, and it started with Eric and Teresa,” said Gainey. “Thank you both for the first class reception into the command. We look forward to continuing to build on the great initiatives you started.”

Sanchez will be returning home to assume command of White Sands Missile Range located in the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico.

Gainey’s previous assignment was as the deputy commanding general for the United States Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

 

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii-U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, commander of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense, thanks his wife Teresa for her seamless dedication and support to his career during a change of command ceremony on historic Palm Circle at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Eric L. Sanchez, outgoing commander,  94th AAMDC, thanks his wife Teresa for her seamless dedication and support to his career during the change of command ceremony on historic Palm Circle at Fort Shafter.

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