Change of command ceremony held at U.S. Army South

ARSOUTH headquartered at Fort Sam Houston

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Army South bid farewell to its current commanding general Tuesday in a ceremony held at Fort Sam Houston.

Major General Clarence K.K. Chinn retired after 36 years of service in the Army.

The change of command ceremony was held on MacArthur Field. Major General Mark R. Stammer took over as commander.

Chinn was described as a great leader and a force to be reckoned with, who has left a legacy to U.S. Army South's new commanding general.

"It's bittersweet because we say goodbye to a great leader, but we also get the opportunity to welcome a new edition to our family," Admiral Kurt Walter Tidd said.

Chinn said his time serving the country was “humbling and unbelievable rewarding.”

The Army Component Command to U.S. Southern Command is responsible for working with 31 partner nations and 15 areas of special sovereignty in Central and South America, and the Caribbean.