Meet the new boss: Ft. Hamilton welcomes new commander

Warm welcome: A color guard assembles to greet the new commander.
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There is a new top dog at the Army base at Fort Hamilton.

Col. Joseph Davidson took the reigns from Col. Eluyn Ginés during a special ceremony at the garrison on July 23.

A Fort Hamilton soldier in attendance said the event was a fitting send-off for the outgoing colonel, who served at the base for two years.

“The staff here on base did a fantastic job coordinati­ng,” said Sgt. Margaret Corr, who participated in the ceremony. “It was very heartfelt and beautifully put together.”

Before taking the helm at Fort Hamilton, Col. Davidson served as the chief of staff for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and served multiple tours of duty in Iraq, according to a Garrison spokesman.

Col. Gines took a new post in Washington, D.C., as executive officer for the Adjutant General Corps at the Pentagon.

A Fire Department boat sprayed red, white, and blue water in a salute to the new and outgoing officers, Corr said.

Colonels Davidson and Ginés were not the only leaders to move on to new posts.

Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Prince, the garrison’s most senior enlisted soldier, passed his responsibilities on to Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Fauntleroy, according to a press release.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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jay from nyc says:
BP you need to look up the proper abbreviations for Army ranks as what you printed is WRONG!!! You call your self professionals???
For a Colonel in the Army, the proper abbreviation of the rank is COL for a Sergent in the Army, the proper abbreviation is SGT, the abbreviations you used would be closest to those used by the Marines, except they, like all of the services DO NOT use a period at the end of the abbreviation. You have been briefed!.
July 31, 2014, 10:05 pm
jay from nyc says:
oh oh oh and you did not, BP you messed up a Command Sergent Major rank too?!! What rock did you crawl out from under?? Did you just fall of the rootabega truck today?!! The proper abbreviation for a Command Sergent Major is CSM
July 31, 2014, 10:11 pm
jay from nyc says:
Now that the stupid part of this article has been cleared up hail and farewell to COL Joseph Davidson and COL Eluyn Gines and CSM Hector Prince and CSM Kevin Fauntleroy. Hooooah!
July 31, 2014, 10:16 pm
Louie says:
Cool stuff.

PS: jay can you please explain the difference between the Army of the United States and the United States Army? I always got that mixed up, especially how ranks equated between the two.
Aug. 2, 2014, 6:54 am
jay from nyc says:
Ha! That is old school stuff Louie and has not been around since Vietnam, basically the Army of the United States or AUS was the official name of the army component for those drafted into service it was used in WW2, Korea and Vietnam and since we no longer have the draft its not been used since. During the times when AUS was in use Regular army officers, or U.S. Army officers, I.E. the guys who were full time military professionals and not draftees, provided the leadership of the AUS and held two ranks, one in the U.S. Army and then a temporary rank in the AUS, so in the RA you might be a captain but serving in the AUS as a Major or even a Colonel. When people would leave the AUS they would then revert back to their old rank, this was sometimes called loss of theater rank. Enlisted people did not hold duel ranks however. A SFC was an SFC. The idea behind this was of course was to be able to offset the problems of having a shortage of seasoned seasoned officers who could provide leadership above the company grade in war time when the ranks expanded rapidly and massively it was a way to be able to provide full time professional military leadership to all troops during war.
Aug. 2, 2014, 11:17 am
jay from nyc says:
one other thing I should add is the era after Vietnam (and also that there are a number of AUS retired officers around still) an officer can still have an RA rank and hold a separate rank in the national guard, which can be a higher rank, you sometimes see this with State Adjutant Generals whose state rank is that of a Major General, but the Federal rank is that of a Brigadier General. Use of temporary ranks stopped sometime in the 1980s, and back then you also had OTRA (other than regular army officers) coming from the National Guard and the big difference with them was that if/when they made major they could select to go RA instead and if they did not, and were not selected for promotion to LTC, then at 20 years they were generally force retired. That changed in the 90s and everyone who made Major had to go RA within 90 days or they were automatically retired. There were alot of changes with ranks back in the 80s and 90s, for enlisted folks, you may remember the rank of specialist, and how there were six grades for that rank at one point, that is all gone now and its just the next rank up from PFC, unless you passed the leadership development course and are in a low level supervisory position and then you are a corporal.
Aug. 2, 2014, 11:44 am

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