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4th Brigade Strykers get new command team

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on Nov. 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
November 29, 2010 3:58 pm

In another sign that the three Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades are turning the page on their recently ended Mideast deployments and looking ahead to whatever comes next, two key leadership positions will change hands Tuesday in the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Col. John Norris will relinquish command of the brigade to Col. Michael Getchell at a 10 a.m. ceremony on the Watkins Parade Field. At the same time, Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Huggins will turn over senior non-commissioned officer responsibility of the 4,000-soldier brigade to Command Sgt. Maj. Paul D. Balmforth.

Both Norris and Huggins have been with the 4th Brigade since August 2008, and both returned to Lewis-McChord last summer after a 12-month deployment to Baghdad province.

Norris will remain at Lewis-McChord for his next assignment as the operations officer for I Corps.

Getchell arrives from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he has served as the assistant chief of staff of the 101st Airborne Division. Getchell also commanded a battalion of the 101st Airborne in Iraq in 2008.

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