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Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander (Support) Brig. Gen. Charles A. Anderson speaks at his change-of-command ceremony on Friday at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea.

Outgoing 2nd Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander (Support) Brig. Gen. Charles A. Anderson speaks at his change-of-command ceremony on Friday at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea. (Seth Robson / S&S)

CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Training soldiers for deployment to Iraq, closing bases, transforming units and creating a new in-processing center for newly arrived soldiers were highlights of a year in Warrior Country, outgoing 2nd Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander (Support) Brig. Gen. Charles A. Anderson said Friday.

Anderson is headed to the Pentagon to become director of integration for the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8.

At a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Red Cloud, Anderson said his year here had been his most memorable.

“In the past year we were all victorious in deterring war on the Korean peninsula,” he said. “We also … transformed, restationed and retrained.”

Maj. Gen. George A. Higgins, 2nd ID commander, praised Anderson for his work training the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Strike Force), which deployed to Iraq last summer.

“He traveled to Kuwait in August 2004 … to make sure our soldiers were trained and outfitted with everything they needed before crossing the berm into Iraq,” Higgins said.

Anderson also led 2nd ID’s effort to vacate its camps in the Western Corridor, established a new Warrior Readiness Center to process newly arrived soldiers and teach them about South Korean culture, helped set up a program to improve 2nd ID soldiers’ hand-to-hand combat skills and led a tactical command post within the newly formed 2nd ID Unit of Employment, he said.

Col. William H. Forrester took over Anderson’s job during Friday’s ceremony.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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