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82nd Airborne Division commander, several other officers receive new assignments

By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: June 24, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division will take a new job in Florida, and three general officers are headed to new jobs at Fort Bragg, according to the Army.

A slate of general officer assignments announced last week will result in a shake up at the nation’s largest military installation. The assignments, part of the regular movement of Army leaders across the force, also include several officers with ties to Fort Bragg.

Maj. Gen. Michael E. Kurilla, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, will relinquish command later this year before becoming chief of staff for U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The Army previously announced that Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus will replace Kurilla at the helm of the All Americans, which make up more than 18,000 of Fort Bragg’s roughly 54,000 service members.

Kurilla has led the 82nd Airborne Division, which has a mission to stand ready to deploy anywhere in the world on short notice, since 2016.

During his command, the division’s paratroopers have completed deployments to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Kosovo while simultaneously preparing to fight a near-peer competitor as the nation’s contingency force.

In addition to a change atop the All Americans, several other general officers also are headed to new positions at Fort Bragg.

  • Brig. Gen. Jeffrey C. Coggin will become deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command. He is commander of the 350th Civil Affairs Command in Pensacola, Florida.
  • Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Mosser will become assistant to the deputy commanding general — readiness, at U.S. Army Reserve Command. He is commander of the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Marysville, Washington.
  • And Brig. Gen. Alberto C. Rosende will become chief of staff at U.S. Army Reserve Command. He is assigned to the command as assistant to the deputy commanding general — readiness.

Another officer, Col. Wendy L. Harter, will become command surgeon for U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg. Harter, who is promotable to brigadier general, most recently served as commander of the 65th Medical Brigade in the Republic of Korea.

Harter previously served on Fort Bragg as the chief of medical plans and operations for the command surgeon of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and as deputy chief of staff, G-5, and deputy chief of staff, G-3 of what was then the 44th Medical Command.

Two other general officers who received new assignments have ties to Fort Bragg.

They are Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn and Maj. Gen. Robert P. White.

Flynn, who most recently served as deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, will become assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7 for the U.S. Army in Washington.

As a brigadier general, Flynn served as deputy G-3/5/7 at Forces Command and was deputy commanding general for operations for the 82nd Airborne Division.

He also previously commanded the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and commanded a battalion, served as assistant chief of staff, G-3 for the division and held other battalion and brigade staff positions for the All Americans during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and a deployment to provide relief after Hurricane Andrew.

White, the commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas, will become director, J-3 for U.S. European Command in Germany.

Before taking command at Fort Bliss, White served as deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7 at U.S. Army Forces Command.

dbrooks@fayobserver.com

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