13th SC(E) commander advanced to brigadier general

Story by Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, Public Affairs Officer, 13th SC(E)
Photos by Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, Public Affairs Officer, 13th SC(E) and
Master Sgt. Celia Feller, Public Affairs Officer, 13th SC(E)

Fort Hood, Texas — Col. Terence J. Hildner, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commander, was advanced to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony Feb. 8 in III Corps headquarters here.

Soldiers, family members, friends, and local mayors joined the event’s host Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, 8th Theater Sustainment Command commander, to witness the advancement and celebrate at a reception afterwards.

“When you pin on the rank of general officer it becomes extremely heavy and it’s really a whole other experience,” Terry said.

“The chances for being selected to the rank of brigadier general put you in the single digit percentile,” Terry explained.

“It’s a great day for the Hildner family, it’s a great day for our Army, and it’s a great day for the 13 Sustainment Command Expeditionary … the Army did well selecting you.”

Terry along with Hildner’s wife Cindy, his father Robert, and his two sons Ryan and Jonathan switched Hildner’s colonel epaulets with the brigadier general’s single star. Terry then presented Hildner with his general flag.

Hildner thanked his family, Terry, and others for their help. He described the feeling of becoming a general as “surreal.”

“I serve because of the great Soldiers and leaders in the Army, and it’s a privilege to wear this uniform.”

He also retold some humorous personal experiences.

Hildner said when he was commissioned by his father, then a senior Air Force officer, he told the young Army lieutenant to bring his car to the door and to salute him when he left.

“So, dad, the car’s parked outside,” Hildner said jokingly to his father, a retired Air Force colonel.

Hildner’s previous assignments included command of 13th Special Troops Battalion, 13th Corps Support Command; commander of 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee, Virginia; and director of training and doctrine for the Combined Arms Support Command.

Hildner’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze star with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

 

news photoCindy and Robert Hildner, respectfully wife and father of Brig. Gen. Terence Hildner, commander of 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), replace his colonel epaulets with brigadier general epaulets at his advancement ceremony Feb. 8 in III Corps headquarters here, while Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, 8th Theater Sustainment Command commander, watches. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, 13th SC(E) public affairs)

 

news photoBrig. Gen. Terence Hildner, commander of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), receives his one-star general flag from Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, 8th Theater Sustainment Command commander at an advancement ceremony Feb. 8 in III Corps headquarters here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, 13th SC(E) public affairs)

news photoBrig. Gen. Terence Hildner, commander of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), kisses and presents his wife Cindy Hildner a bouquet during his advancement ceremony from colonel to brigadier general Feb. 8 in III Corps headquarters here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley, 13th SC(E) public affairs)

news photoCindy and Robert Hildner, respectfully wife and father of Brig. Gen. Terence Hildner, commander of 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), replace his colonel epaulets with brigadier general epaulets at his advancement ceremony Feb. 8 in III Corps headquarters here. (Photo by Master Sgt. Celia Feller, 13th SC(E))