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SEOUL — The Eighth Army’s incoming commander is no stranger to South Korea.

Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux served as assistant chief of staff, operations, for the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea from May 2012 through this spring.

He will replace Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson during a change of command ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan’s Knight Field at 10 a.m. Thursday. Champoux has been appointed and confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general by the U.S. Senate, and will be promoted during an earlier ceremony Thursday.

Johnson, who has served as Eighth Army commander for 2 1/2 years, will next serve as director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Virginia.

Champoux has previously served in operations in Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Eighth Army commander also serves as chief of staff for U.S. Forces Korea.

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