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The Department of Defense announced Thursday that two Germany-based brigadier generals will be moving to new assignments.

Brig. Gen. Michael A. Ryan, the 1st Armored Division’s assistant division commander for maneuver since July 2005, is being replaced by Brig. Gen. James C. Boozer, according to a DOD news release.

Ryan, who will become deputy chief of staff for operations for the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, soon will see duty in Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force there, the release said.

Ryan has spent much of his career in either Germany or at Fort Hood, Texas, since joining the military in 1981. Recent assignments include duty in Iraq and Virginia as director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program/Analytical Projects Office at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Va., and commander of a cavalry brigade at Fort Hood.

Boozer will be joining the 1st AD by way of U.S. Army Europe headquarters and the 7th Army, where he has been deputy chief of staff since February.

Some of the recent assignments in his 26-year career include working as chief of the plans and operations section for U.S. Central Command at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla., and commander of a field artillery brigade both at Fort Sill, Okla., and during deployment in Iraq.


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