Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division gets a new commander

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A change-of-command ceremony was held for the outgoing division leader, Maj. Gen. Richard Clarke.

The 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg has a new commander.

A change-of-command ceremony was held Tuesday for the outgoing division leader, Maj. Gen. Richard Clarke, and for the incoming commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Kurilla.

Clarke is becoming vice director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. He took command of the 82nd Airborne Division on Oct. 2, 2014, and led the soldiers when they deployed to Iraq from June 2015 to March of this year.

Kurilla most recently was deputy director for special operations and counter-terrorism for the Joint Staff.

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