DALEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Fort Rucker held the Deputy Commanding General Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony Friday morning.
Major General David J. Francis hosted the ceremony and welcomed brigadier General Stanley E. Budraitis as the incoming deputy commanding general.
Budraitis began his aviation officer basic training at Ft. Rucker in 1990, and says he never thought he would be back, but is excited to take on this role and lead the charge for the leader development capability for the U.S. Army.
“This is a remarkable day for aviation, for the first time in a decade, we are bringing a brigadier general back in as the deputy commanding general of Fort Rucker and that’s critically important right now because the army is in a state of transition, we are modernizing the force and we are changing our leader development to face the threats of the future,” Gen. Francis said.
Major General Francis says what makes brigadier general Budratis unique is that he is coming from the national guard and over 51% of the aviation branch comes from the national guarD reserve so his perspective is pivotal.