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Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead, 3rd Corps Support commander out of Wiesbaden, Germany, has been selected for a new assignment, according to a Defense Department news release: commander/commandant of the Army Ordnance Center and Schools at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Halstead, who is deployed to Iraq with her unit, will succeed Maj. Gen. Vincent Boles in the position, just as she succeeded him as commander of the 3rd COSCOM. The position is also called chief of ordnance.

She is expected to begin her new assignment in the fall.

Halstead was traveling in the U.S. and could not be reached for comment.

She is one of 14 female Army generals and was the first female graduate of the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., to become a general officer. She entered the academy the second year it was open to women.

From upstate New York, Halstead has served in staff and command positions in Washington state; Washington, D.C.; Kentucky; Hawaii; New York; Florida; Italy and Germany. Before heading up 3rd COSCOM, she was 21st Theater Support commander in Kaiserslautern.

According to an Ordnance Center Web site, the Ordnance Corps’ mission is to “support development, production, acquisition and sustainment of weapons systems and munitions.”

A year ago, the DOD announced its recommendation to relocate the Ordnance Center and Schools from Aberdeen Proving Ground to Fort Lee, Va., as part of the congressionally authorized 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.

Another Europe-based general is getting a new assignment, as well.

Brig. Gen. Peter J. Palmer, assistant division commander (support) for the 1st Infantry Division Army Europe and Seventh Army, has been selected as director of capabilities developments, Army Capabilities Integration Center, Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va., according to the DOD release.

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