Fort Benning commander McMaster departs in July

Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, will leave the post in early July for his new assignment at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Gary A. Jones, director of public affairs at the Maneuver Center, said Tuesday that McMaster’s change of command ceremony is set for July 11 at McGinnis-Wickam Hall where he will turn over duties to Maj. Gen. Austin S. Miller.

“He is either leaving that day or the next day,” Jones said. “For all intents and purposes he will be gone as of that day.”

In February, McMaster received an appointment to get his third star and was reassigned to TRADOC which oversees training at 32 Army schools, including the Armor and Infantry schools at Fort Benning.

McMaster, 51, will be deputy commanding general, futures director at the Army Capabilities Integration Center at Joint Base Langley-Fort Eustis, Va. He will oversee future development of the Army and deal with all the Centers of Excellence in the development of future concepts, organizational designs and strategic thinking.

Since June 2012, McMaster has been commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence. He assumed command from then-Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, who was promoted to lieutenant general and reassigned.

McMaster came to Fort Benning from Afghanistan where he was commander of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-Shafafiyat, which was part of the International Security Assistance Force. Before Afghanistan, McMaster led counterinsurgency efforts to secure Tal Afar in 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

McMaster’s successor has spent most of the last seven years in Special Operations. Promoted to major general in June 2012, he has held the position of commander, director or deputy director in assignments at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida and other locations in the United States. He has been deployed multiple times to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.