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Army announces next 82nd Airborne Division commander

Maj. Gen. James Mingus

U.S. ARMY

By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: May 19, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The Army on Friday announced the next commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus is expected to take command of the All Americans later this year.

Mingus is currently director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Officials announced the assignment days before the 82nd Airborne Division begins its annual All American Week, which will include Monday's division-wide run and Wednesday's memorial. It will culminate in a public capabilities exercise at Sicily Drop Zone on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Erik Kurilla, who has commanded the 82nd Airborne Division since August 2016, will oversee those events.

Officials have not revealed what Kurilla's next assignment will be or when the change of command will take place.

The 82nd Airborne Division has more than 18,000 paratroopers spread across six brigades. The division's soldiers are often deployed and also serve as the core of the nation's Global Response Force, ready to deploy anywhere in the world on short notice.

Mingus has previously served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a rifle company commander in 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; as commander of the division's Long Range Surveillance Detachment and as an aide-de-camp to the commanding general.

Mingus enlisted into the Iowa Army National Guard in 1981 and was later commissioned from Winona State University as a field artillery officer in the Regular Army in 1985.

In his more than 35-year Army career, Mingus has served with the 3rd Infantry Division, 75th Ranger Regiment and 4th Infantry Division, among other units. He deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan a dozen times between 2001 and 2012.

At Fort Bragg, Mingus has also served as commander of the 18th Airborne Corps Long Range Surveillance Company and as chief of the Joint Planning Group and, later, as chief of current operations for Joint Special Operations Command.

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