U.S. Army Alaska to get new commander

Change of command ceremony set for May 17



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Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska during a ceremony on May 17 at JBER's Pershing Field.

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There’s about to be a new man in charge of the Army in Alaska.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander in U.S. Army Alaska during a change of command ceremony on Pershing Parade Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 17).

Garrett will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, who has been the senior Army commander in Alaska since July 12, 2010.

From Feb. 2006 through July 2008, Garrett was the first commander of the newly-formed 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, leading the brigade through its first combat deployment.

Garrett most recently served in Fort Bragg, N.C., where we was chief of staff for XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg since 2010.

According to a press release issued May 14, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced in February that President Obama nominated Palumbo for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence) for Joint Coalition and Warfighter Support at the Pentagon. He is scheduled to be promoted in early June at the Pentagon.

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