The Army announced Wednesday that Maj. Gen. Byron S. Bagby has been assigned as the new chief of staff for U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army.

Coming to Germany from his current position as commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., Bagby is replacing Brig. Gen. Russell L. Frutiger, who has been USAREUR and 7th Army’s chief of staff since January 2007.Frutiger also has been serving as deputy commander, U.S. Army NATO.

Bagby received his commission through the ROTC program at Westminster College in 1978. A career field artillery officer, he has held positions in the 101st Airborne Division, the U.S. Military Academy, the Pentagon, in Afghanistan as director of the Combined Joint Staff for Combined Joint Task Force-180 and in Egypt as chief, Office of Military Cooperation.

Word on Frutiger’s next assignment was unavailable.

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