Lt. Gen. Sean Gainey assumed command of Space and Missile Defense Command and the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense from Lt. Gen. Daniel Karbler during a change of command Jan. 9 at the Von Braun III auditorium.
Gainey said he and his wife, Vera, look forward to working with the Soldiers, civilians and family members of SMDC.
“Vera and I are honored to be a part of this amazing team and building on the great reputation of this command,” Gainey said. “Together, we will realize the Army’s space vision and ensure we maintain a modernized missile defense force while ensuring the health of our forces remains our priority.
“We continue to ask a lot of our Army space and missile defense forces. I am truly amazed at how often they respond in every occasion. It is always about the great people across our force and this command. This is how we will continue to seize the high ground and be all we can be.”
Prior to the change of command, Gen. Randy George, Army chief of staff, promoted Gainey from major general to lieutenant general. During the ceremony, George accepted the SMDC colors from Karbler and passed them to Gainey.
“Welcome to the team, I am glad you are here,” George told Gainey. “Sean is an absolute expert, a selfless teammate and knows how to get stuff done better than almost anybody I’ve met in my time in the Army. I know that SMDC is in the best possible hands with you coming on board.
“I want to thank the entire SMDC team for what you do. You are quiet professionals who always get the job done. We couldn’t be more proud of what you do.”
After thanking the SMDC team, George spoke about the recently released Army Space Vision and how the command will lead the Army charge in space operations.
George said that by outlining Army roles and missions in and through the space domain, the…