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Zacchino takes over as Fort Drum garrison commander

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
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FORT DRUM, New York (WWNY) - As trumpets played the national anthem, a crowd gathered on Fort Drum to watch as outgoing garrison commander Colonel Jeffrey Lucas relinquished command to Colonel James Zacchino, Jr.

In a heartfelt goodbye, Lucas took a moment to reflect on his time on post

“If you are as happy to take this seat as I am grateful for having sat in it, then you are a happy man indeed,” Col. Lucas said.

For Zacchino, Jr, this new position takes him on a trip down memory lane.

“I was here in 1986-89, my father was stationed here,” Col. Zacchino, Jr. said. “So as a kid, 13 through 16, I lived here and I came back as a cadet in 1997.”

“I mean, that’s a great honor for him to take over as garrison commander and we’re awful proud of him,” said Zacchino’s father, James Zacchino, Sr.

Zacchino, Jr. was also stationed here from 2008 to 2013. His job now, is to oversee day-to-day business on the installation itself, sort of like the “city manger” of Fort Drum.

On his new role, he said, “The goal is not to be disruptive, you know, there is a lot of good work that’s ongoing, so it’s understanding those things, but also looking over the horizon and saying, ‘OK, what’s next?’”

Colonel Lucas will be moving to a new job in the Pentagon as an adjutant general, dealing with the personnel needs of the Army.

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