Sheriff Mark Dannels welcome Colonel John Ives to Fort Huachuca and the Cochise County community. Colonel Ives is the newly appointed U.S. Army Garrison Commander on Fort Huachuca. He has been on the Fort for about five weeks and was invited to the “First Watch” radio program on Friday July 8th.

Ives military career has taken him all around the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Korea; “and now I’m back home at Fort Huachuca”. Colonel Ives said in the radio interview.

Ives has been to Fort Huachuca many times. “I lived here three times as a kid. I lived here when I was two yeas old, my dad was a staff Sergeant instructor over at the schoolhouse on Fort Huachuca. Then we came back again, I started Kindergarten here. Then we came back again, I started the fifth grade here.” Now he’s happy to be here as an adult. His wife was also stationed here previously.

According to Colonel Ives, some of local things he is looking forward to in Cochise County are hiking, Kartchner Caverns and the local cuisine. Colonel Ives said, “I also travel on my stomach, and I’ve been hearing about all these great restaurants around the area, so I want to try all those as well. That’s why I need to do all the hiking.”

Some of the things Colonel Ives want to work on are spousal employment, and recruitment for child needs services program.

To hear Colonel Ives interview in its entirety click here.