Third Army welcomes Lt. Gen. Terry as new commander

The Third Army based in central South Carolina is welcoming a, Lt. Gen. James Terry as its new commander.

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) -- Lt. Gen. James Terry is taking command of the 3rd Army, which is based in South Carolina and is in charge of supporting all U.S. military forces stretching from Egypt to Kazakhstan.

The 57-year-old three-star general says one of his biggest challenges is helping U.S. forces as they withdraw from Afghanistan over the coming months.

In a ceremony Tuesday at Shaw Air Force Base, Terry took command from Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks, who leaves to command the U.S. Army in the Pacific based in Hawaii.

Terry comes to the post after serving as the 5th Corps commander in Heidelberg, Germany, and Afghanistan.

The 3rd Army transferred its headquarters to Shaw in 2011 in a move from Georgia dictated by the 2005 round of Pentagon base closures and realignments.