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06/20/06

New Ft. Stewart Commander Takes On The Assignment

Fort Stewart's newest commander already has his assignment, get thousands of soldiers ready to go back to Iraq again. Colonel John Charlton takes over as First Brigade commander. The brigade is already slated to be ready to return to Iraq, if necessary, by the end of the year.

At the same time, new commanders took over First Brigade's six battalions. Colonel Charlton says turnover is a constant in the army. "A lot of people leave, some for new assignments, some go to school. You get new people, you rebuild the team, train them up and you go again."

Outgoing brigade commander Colonel Mark McKnight takes over as chief of staff for division commander Major General Rick Lynch.

Reported by Dal Canady, dcanady@wtoc.com

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