Change of command: Fort Polk says 'goodbye' to Col. Thomas, 'hello' to Col. Roseberry

FORT POLK, La. (KALB) - Change is simply part of the military lifestyle, and it's time to say goodbye to Fort Polk's Garrison Commander, Col. Jarrett Thomas.

Col. Jarrett Thomas relinquishes his post as Garrison Commander at Fort Polk Thursday. | Photo Credit: KALB

On Thursday, Col. Ryan Roseberry officially took command at a ceremony at Warrior Field.

Col. Thomas and his family enjoyed their nearly two years at Fort Polk. At the change of command ceremony, he joked that the position is a lot like being a mayor.

"When the lights go out, you get phone calls," Thomas said. "Comments like 'the power worked at my last duty station,' numerous town halls and the occasional Army 'WTF' moment."

The Thomas family said it will cherish the relationships and memories they've made with a community that made them feel right at home.

"In my 23 years of service, I have never seen community support like Leesville, Rosepine, Anacoco, Simpson, and other places," Thomas said.

Fort Polk is an environment incoming Garrison Commander Col. Roseberry said he spent years searching for. In fact, Fort Polk was his first assignment when he became a brand new officer.

"This is where we learned to lead and take care of soldiers," he said. "We understood...what community cohesion meant. We spent our whole Army career going from place to place looking for what we found here, and we just never really found it, and we are really excited to be back here and experience that again. Also, just to serve the community here at Fort Polk."

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