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Col. Herman Williams III handed command of U.S. Army Garrison Hessen to Col. Ray Graham in a change of command ceremony Monday at Yorkhof Kaserne in Hanau, Germany.

Williams took over the garrison and the former 104th Area Support Group in August 2004.

Graham came to the garrison from U.S. Army’s V Corps where he served as personnel chief.

He returned with the corps from Iraq, where he served as the chief personnel officer for Multi-National Corps—Iraq, in December.

He is expected to be the last commander of USAG Hessen, which is scheduled to inactivate in fiscal 2008.

Graham, who has served 25 years on active duty, enlisted in the Army in 1977 as a personnel actions specialist, and left the service after four years for college and the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Since his commission in 1985 Graham, an adjutant general corps officer, has served in various units and capacities.

Before his assignment to V Corps he served as the division personnel officer for the 1st Armored Division in Germany.

USAG Hessen provides services and support to U.S. Army communities in Hanau, Baumholder, Giessen and Wiesbaden.

AAFES recalls toy with lead paintThe Army and Air Force Exchange Service recalled one of its own brand of toys after finding it contained leaded paint, according to a Monday news release.

The “Invincible Transport Converters” toy set was sold exclusively at AAFES stores between August 2005 and last month under the in-house brand name “Soldier Bear.”

Parents should immediately prevent their children from playing with the toys, according to the release.

The set contains a military transport vehicle, motorbike, helicopter, all-terrain vehicle and four, 4-inch action figures.

It has the AAFES “Soldier Bear” logo on the front and back of the box.

Anyone who has the toy set can return it to the nearest AAFES store for a full refund.

Also, AAFES last week announced a recall of Shark Cartilage Capsules manufactured by NBTY, Inc. of Bohemia, N.Y., because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. AAFES sold the company’s Rexall/Sundown brand Shark Cartilage Capsules, 740 mg., 50 count with Product # 6635 and UPC 30768 06635 2.

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