Capt. Hunter Wilson assumed command of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Aviation and Missile Command, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 7 in Bob Jones Auditorium.
In-person attendance was limited to the ceremony participants and their families, plus Maj. Gen. Todd Royar, AMCOM commanding general, and AMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Dove, to maintain social-distancing standards. However, more than 300 people joined the event virtually via Facebook Live.
Col. Richard Martin, AMCOM’s chief of staff, presided over the ceremony. Martin thanked Capt. Melanie Appleton, the outgoing commander, for her dedication to duty and congratulated her on her upcoming retirement. He then welcomed Wilson, the incoming commander, and charged him with leadership and care of the Soldiers who rely upon the HHC for support.
“The HHC is a unique company to command,” Martin said. “Its assigned staff support Soldiers from numerous Army organizations all over Redstone Arsenal, from junior enlisted Soldiers to general officers. The HHC staff may seldom see most of the people they support, but each of those Soldiers need the same thing – they need a commander who will care for them, account for them at all times, and remove obstacles and barriers, so they can focus on their duty of doing the work that the Army has asked of them.
“I firmly believe that the Army is a people business. And Soldiers here know that when things go wrong, they have a caring leader, doing all they can to make sure HHC Soldiers and their families are cared for.”
Wilson accepted the unit colors from Martin before addressing attendees and the virtual audience.
“Maj. Gen. Royar, Command Sgt. Maj. Dove, and Col. Martin – thank you for trusting me with the opportunity to take command. It truly means a great deal to me and I’m honored and excited for this great responsibility,” Wilson said. “I look forward to serving, and learning from you and the people we support.”
Wilson, a Huntsville native, has served in numerous assignments since his commissioning as a second lieutenant from the Virginia Tech ROTC program in 2015. He entered the Military Intelligence Corps, serving in unit assignments overseas and in the United States. He holds a bachelor’s in philosophy, with a minor in leadership from Virginia Tech.
Wilson said he, his wife Kayla and their family look forward to living in Huntsville where many of their extended family members also reside.
Appleton, also a Huntsville native, served in numerous assignments during her 20-year Army career, which started in the enlisted ranks. She was selected for the Army’s Green to Gold program and commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2013 from the Fayetteville State University ROTC program. She commanded AMCOM HHC for 10 months.
The HHC provides unit-level military training management, essential personnel services and command interest program support to Soldiers assigned and attached to Redstone Arsenal units. HHC ensures more than 800 Soldiers, including 14 general officers, receive timely, efficient and reliable personnel services and support.
HHC AMCOM supports Soldiers at 28 different locations, to include Army Materiel Command and its subordinate units located on Redstone Arsenal; assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology subordinate units, such as Program Executive Office for Aviation and PEO Missiles and Space; and joint organizations including the Missile Defense Agency, the Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and the 167th Theater Support Command at Fort McClellan.