NEWS | Sept. 20, 2013

Army North welcomes two new senior leaders to team

By Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos U.S. Army North Public Affairs

The U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) team welcomed two new senior leaders - Maj. Gen. William Roy and civilian Robert Naething - during a ceremony in the historic Quadrangle Sept. 13.

"I am probably the happiest guy here today," said Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commanding general for Army North and senior Army commander for Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, during the welcome ceremony.

"I have the opportunity to welcome them to the greatest military community in the United States - 'Military City USA.'"

Roy assumed the position of Army North deputy commanding general for operations Aug. 1.

Prior to this assignment, he worked at the Pentagon as the deputy director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training.

"This officer is one of the great ones in the Army today," Wiggins said.

Roy was commissioned into the New Hampshire National Guard in 1982 and has commanded Soldiers at every level from platoon to brigade and has held key positions in the Army National Guard.

Roy said he and his family were excited to be in San Antonio and at this command.

"I couldn't be happier or prouder than to serve under you, with this command, in this community," Roy said to Wiggins. "I can't imagine being in a better place at a better time."

Naething, who became the deputy to the commanding general, Army North, in June, will provide Army support for Homeland Security operations as well as support to civil authorities throughout the United States during disaster relief missions.

"He brings a perspective that is sorely needed in this command," Wiggins said.

Naething, a retired cavalry officer, previously served as the director of the Mission Command Capabilities Development Integration Directorate at the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

"It's great to be back in Texas," Naething said. "Coming here gives me the best of three worlds. I love Texas. I love serving Soldiers and I get to be an active member of a great community."