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Europe’s Army reservists welcome new commander

Brig. Gen. Arlan M. DeBlieck receives the 7th Civil Support Command colors from Maj. Gen. John R. O'Connor, commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, during a change of command ceremony Saturday, July 26, 2014.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A former Marine is the new leader of Army reservists in Europe.

Brig. Gen. Arlan M. DeBlieck assumed command of the 7th Civil Support Command at a ceremony Saturday on the parade field at Daenner Kaserne.

DeBlieck replaces Brig. Gen. Paul M. Benenati, who was in charge of Europe’s nearly 1,000 Army reservists for the past 20 months.

DeBlieck began his military career in 1979, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Six years later, he was commissioned a second lieutenant, serving overseas in Okinawa, Japan, according to his online Army Reserve biography.

In 1993, he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve, and in 2000, he switched to the Army Reserve, according to his biography. DeBlieck has multiple downrange deployments under his belt, having served in Iraq in 2003 and again from 2009 to 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also deployed to Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008.

The 7th CSC is the only Army Reserve command unit to be entirely stationed overseas.

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