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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — A new commanding officer will assume leadership of the Army’s Patriot missile brigade in South Korea at a ceremony here Friday.

Col. John G. Rossi will assume command of the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, replacing Col. Kenneth J. Cox, who moves to an assignment at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

Rossi’s previous assignment was with the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. near the former base passenger terminal, Building 884, or, in case of inclement weather, at 10 a.m. inside Hangar 843.

The Pentagon deployed the brigade to South Korea last year from Fort Bliss under a May 2003 agreement between South Korea and the United States to spend $11 billion to strengthen the peninsula’s military defenses.

Headquartered at Osan Air Base, the brigade maintains Patriot firing batteries at four locations on the peninsula. The Patriot missile is designed to destroy incoming aircraft, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles.


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