13th COSCOM Change of Command

COL(P) James E Chambers assumed command of the 13th Corps Support Command from Brig. Gen. William M. Lenaers on July 18, 2003 at Fort Hood, Texas.

Lenaers, who was the 13th COSCOM Commander since 17 July 2001, will be assuming the position of Commanding General United States Army Ordnance Center/Commandant, United States Army Ordnance Schools at Aberdeen Proving, Grounds, Maryland.

The 13th COSCOM is the third largest unit on Fort Hood. The COSCOM is known as the "Logistical Backbone" to the third Mobile Armored Corps. The 13th COSCOM provides support in the areas of supply, maintenance, transportation, field services, medical care, engineering construction, decontamination and smoke generation. The 13th COSCOM is one of only three COSCOMs in the active army and its units are the most often deployed on Fort Hood. Approximately 80 percent of the COSCOM deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently, over 70 percent of the COSCOM remains deployed.

In his remarks at the Change of Command Ceremony Chambers acknowledged the "tremendous challenge supporting deployed soldiers and families while maintaining the always-ready posture of the world's most powerful heavy Corps" and expressed his confidence and eagerness to begin the challenge.

After attending the ADA Officers' Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas, Chambers was assigned as a Redeye Section Leader and Support Platoon Leader in HHC, 4/9 Squadron, and 6th Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. In 1981, he branch transferred to the Transportation Corps and attended the Transportation Officers' Advanced Course at Fort Eustis, VA. He was then assigned to Panama as the S4, 193d Separate Infantry Brigade, and subsequently commanded the 475th Light Medium Truck Company. He finished his tour as Support Operations Officer, 324th Support Group.

In 1986 Chambers attended the Logistics Executive Development Course at Fort Lee, VA, and earned a Master's Degree in Logistics Management. He was then assigned (1987-1989) as a Combat Development Officer, U.S. Army Space Institute, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After completing the Command and General Staff College in 1990, he was assigned to the 3d Infantry Division as the Division Transportation Officer (DTO). He deployed with the VII Corps as a G3 Plans Officer during Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991 to 1993, he was assigned as the Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer of the 703rd Main Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany. Chambers performed joint duty with the U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base Illinois, and in 1995 took command of the 27th Main Support Battalion, First Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Upon completion of battalion command in 1997, he assumed duty as the Deputy Group Commander, 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Virginia. After completing the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1999, he assumed the position of USAREUR DCSLOG Maintenance Division Chief. He later commanded the 7th Corps Support Group, III COSCOM from 2000-2002. He most recently served as the XO to the Army G4.

Chambers graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Chambers then taught school in Oklahoma from 1975 until he entered the U.S. Army in July 1978. He received an OCS Commission as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in 1979 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Chambers has been awarded the, Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.


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COL(P) James E Chambers assumed command of the 13th Corps Support Command from Brig. Gen. William M. Lenaers on July 18, 2003 at Fort Hood, Texas.