Major general returns to post less than two months after reassignment to Alabama

FORT LEE — Less than two months after saying goodbye to Fort Lee, Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg has returned to the Prince George County post, this time as the new commanding general.

Fogg was installed as commander of the Combined Arms Support Command and the Sustainment Center of Excellence in a ceremony Monday morning at the Lee Theater. His appointment comes less than a month after Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley Jr. was fired over a perceived “loss of confidence” by the Army in his command ability.

Fogg actually took the Fort Lee reins from Brig. Gen. Douglas M. McBride Jr., who had been named interim commander when Hurley was relieved of duty Aug. 23. McBride will return to his position as Quartermaster commanding general and commandant of the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee. McBride actually succeeded Fogg as QM commander in June, when Fogg received his second star and was reassigned as deputy chief of staff for logistics and command at Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Ala.

The military newspaper Fort Lee Traveller reported that the QM commander’s post was Fogg’s fifth assignment at Fort Lee.

According to a CASCOM news release, Fogg is a 31-year Army veteran, entering the service in 1987 after graduation from King University in Bristol, Tenn. He served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and has held command posts in Somalia, Haiti, Northern Virginia and Texas.

He is a native of Russell County in southwest Virginia.

Hurley, who had been Fort Lee commander since June 2017, was fired in August amid reports that he was the subject of a personnel investigation. Army officials have not divulged the reasons for the investigation, saying only that Hurley was relieved “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to effectively command.”

Daneta J. Johnson, CASCOM’s public affairs officer at Fort Lee, said Monday that the ongoing investigation into Hurley had nothing to do with Fogg’s installation as post commander. “We needed a new commanding general, and we got one,” she said.

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