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Col. Kennedy leaves mark as Fort Gordon moves on

Commander at Fort Gordon

Fort Gordon was an ideal assignment for Col. Kennedy, an Evans High alumni who calls Augusta home. (WRDW-TV / July 29, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, July 29, 2011

FORT GORDON, Ga. -- Trumpets sounded off during a ceremony that symbolized a new beginning at Fort Gordon. After 25 years in the Army, Col. Glenn Kennedy says it's time to move on.

"I'm just happy," Kennedy said. "I guess you can say it's bittersweet, but it's been 25 good years, and I think the next 25 are going to be just as good, if not better."

Kennedy retired Friday after spending his last two years at Fort Gordon as garrison commander. The community and his family all got to tell him how proud they are.

"I look up to him as my hero so it means a lot," said Amanda Kennedy, the colonel's oldest daughter

Now, Amanda's hero is passing the torch on to Robert Barker, the new garrison commander. He's a man Kennedy hopes will tighten the bond between Fort Gordon and Augusta.

"The CSRA, Augusta, is a great place," Kennedy said. "I think that relationship will only continue to get stronger."

Incoming Garrison Commander Robert Barker said he is looking forward to the challenge.

"The chance to support soldiers and their families is the best mission in the Army," Barker said. "I will do the best I possibly can to make sure Fort Gordon is the best installation in the Army."

Fort Gordon was an ideal assignment for Kennedy, an Evans High alumni who calls Augusta home.

"To have the opportunity to come back here, to have the opportunity to actually work and play a part in the community and give back to what it gave me, that's a once in a lifetime opportunity," Kennedy said. "I couldn't be happier about it."

Now, as Kennedy looks forward with a successor in place, he can stay home a while longer.

"Their plan is to stay here," said Kennedy, referring to his wife and three kids. "I'm going to do what they want me to do."

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