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Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade gets new commander

In a change-of-command ceremony held Thursday morning at Fort Benning, Georgia, Col. David G. Fivecoat took over as commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

Fivecoat, 43, who was raised in Delaware, Ohio, replaces Col. Kyle E. Lear, whose next assignment will be as the operations officer with the 8th Army in Korea.

Most recently, Fivecoat, a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, served in Washington D.C. with the joint staff.

This is the fourth time that Fivecoat has been assigned to Fort Benning, the last time being 2006-2009.

He said he was glad to be back and is excited about the opportunity to lead the brigade.

"You can't beat training the next generation of paratroopers and rangers," Fivecoat said.

With more than 21 years of service, Fivecoat has served in infantry, airborne, air assault, armor and mechanized units. His assignments include three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

He has been awarded four Bronze Star medals, the Valorous Unit Award and the Army Commendation Medal with V Device.

Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, said in a press release that there is no better officer to build on the achievements of the brigade than Fivecoat.

He also praised Lear.

"As the first commander of the Airborne and Training Brigade, his vision has ensured that our Army will remain ready to respond rapidly to crises, fight and win."

Fivecoat was the lead writer and editor of the field manual "Tactics in Counterinsurgency." He has had articles published in Infantry Magazine, Armor Magazine and other publications.

He said he hopes to be able to do some more writing.
 

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