For Immediate Release

June 19, 2015

Contact: Tammy Sharp

Public Information Director

City of Leesville Says Goodbye to Moore, Wood, Welcomes New Garrison Commander at Fort Polk

LEESVILLE, LA.-- Mayor Allen, the Leesville City Council, and the residents of Leesville wished a fond farewell to Col. Glenn Moore and CSM Brian S. Wood during a change of command ceremony at Fort Polk June 19, 2015.


Moore and Wood relinquished their duties as the garrison command team to Col. David G. Athey and CSM David Pitt.


"We are grateful for the service of Col. Moore and CSM Wood not only to our country at large but also to the more immediate community surrounding Fort Polk," said Leesville Mayor Rick Allen. "I am thankful for the opportunity to have developed a personal friendship with both Col. Moore and CSM Wood. We thank them for their diligent leadership at Fort Polk and wish them all the best in their future endeavors."

Moore was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Before arriving at Fort Polk he served as the Deputy Brigade Commander at Air Traffic Services Command in Fort Rucker, Ala.


"Without a shadow of a doubt it's been one of the best duty stations of our career," Moore said of his family's time at Fort Polk. "I'm also very proud of the relationship with our communities. It is unique, proud, and unprecedented."

Moore, his wife Lisa and their two sons, Justin and Hunter, will be moving to Rhode Island next month where he is set to report to the Navy War College.

Wood, originally from West Palm Beach, Fla., served at Fort Riley, Kan. before his arrival at Fort Polk. His next assignment will take him to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he will serve as a CSM Facilitator at the Pre-Command Course. CSM Wood and his wife Catherine have one daughter, Sandy, and one son, Brian, Jr.


Athey, who replaced Moore as garrison commander at Fort Polk, grew up in Augusta, Ga. His last assignment before Fort Polk was with U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at Tampa, Fla., where he helped design, standup, and direct USSOCOM's International Division. He and his wife have one son.


CSM David R. Pitt, who has replaced Wood, was born in London, England. He has already served three rotations at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk. His previous assignment was at Camp Atterbury, Indiana as the Battalion CSM for 1-335 Infantry Regiment, 205th IN BDE. He and his wife have two children, Jesus and Dominica.


"We welcome Col. Athey and CSM Pitt to Fort Polk," said Mayor Allen. "The City of Leesville has always been a proud partner with Fort Polk, and we look forward to continuing that relationship with the new garrison command. It is because of the leadership of men such as these that Fort Polk continues to succeed."


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The City of Leesville, the best hometown in the world, is a historic yet visionary community. As the parish seat of Vernon Parish, where Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center are located, the City of Leesville is home to military families, retired veterans and a growing and strongly patriotic citizenry that provides the basis of a well-rounded and work-ready workforce.   


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