The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is an important part of our region's economy. Thus, it is with great interest that we welcome Col. Bryan J. Teff as the base's new commander this morning and wish Col. Sam Sansom lots of "blue skies" in his retirement.
Actually, this is a year of transition for the military leadership that have gone through Alpena in the past. In addition to today's change of command ceremony in Alpena, this also is the first week of Maj. Gen. Thomas Cutler's new retirement as well. Cutler, a former base commander and Alpena resident, was appointed Michigan's adjutant general in 2003 by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. This week Gov. Rick Synder appointed Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais to replace Cutler.
We wish Teff much success in his new role. The CRTC must compete with others around the country to attract military units for training exercises. We believe we have a wonderful facility and a rich history that makes for a great story Teff and his staff can share. Still, we take nothing for granted either, and thus we encourage everyone in the community to continue being the good partners and neighbors with the base that will make Alpena shine even brighter in the eyes of the nation.
And, we thank Sansom for his years of service and steering the facility through tough economic times. Despite the economy, Sansom ensured the facility maintained its high level of professionalism and accountability.
The community's partnership with the CRTC is a wonderful relationship that benefits both, and we look forward to that continuing with this change in command.