REDSTONE ARESNAL, Ala. (WHNT)-- Colonel Thomas Holliday, Jr. assumed command of Redstone Arsenal's garrison Wednesday, in a well-attended ceremony and surrounded by friends, family, and his new teammates.
Col. Holliday said in his first interview since assuming command, that Redstone Arsenal already feels like home.
"I was born in Alabama, in Opelika, and I was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee," he explained.
During the ceremony, outgoing Col. Bill Marks (Ret.) ended his military career by passing the colors to Col. Holliday. It was an emotional day for him, as he predicted in an interview Tuesday. He said he's leaving to spend more time with his family, who he told during his exit speech, "You have given far more than I have the right to ask in support of my career, and in defense of this nation."
Col. Holliday said he's already noted why it's so hard for Col. Marks (Ret.) to leave: "The amazing community I've seen," he said. "Both on Redstone, and off Redstone, just the integration of that is something I haven't seen anywhere else."
Col. Holliday has been deployed to Afghanistan four times. He also has experience with the US Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir, VA. He's thankful his career has taken him back to Alabama.
"My family and I are amazingly thrilled to be here," he said. "It's been an awful long time to get to this point. We've seen amazing things just in the time we've been here, and we just can't wait to get after it," he said.