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Fort Bragg leadership changes: 13 new faces so far in 2021

By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: March 17, 2021

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The Department of Defense has announced 13 leadership changes for Fort Bragg, since the start of 2021.

On Jan. 25, the chief of staff of the Army announced that Lt. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton would be the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command Forward.

Fenton previously served as the senior military assistant to the secretary of defense in Washington, D.C.

According to Fenton's biography, he is no stranger to Fort Bragg. He previously served as a battalion commander at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and as a brigade commander for the Joint Special Operations Command.

Officials announced Feb. 23 that Maj. Gen. Miguel A. Correa was selected as the deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Correa previously served as senior director for Gulf Affairs, Middle Eastern Affairs Directorate; and at the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President.

Correa is replacing Brig. Gen. Allan Pepin, recently named as commanding general of the Military District of Washington; and commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region in Washington, D.C.

Also in February, officials announced that Maj. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington was named as deputy commanding general for the 18th Airborne Corps.

Officials have not yet said where the current deputy commanding general, Maj. Gen. James E. Kraft's, next assignment will be.

Officials announced Brig. Gen. Steven M. Marks, deputy commanding general of the 1st Special Forces Command, was leaving Fort Bragg to become director, joint and integration, in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for finance for the Army in Washington, D.C.

A replacement for Marks has not yet been named.

Brig. Gen. Charles D. Costanza, deputy chief of staff at U.S. Army Forces Command, at Fort Bragg is leaving to become commanding general for the 3d Infantry Division and Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Brig. Gen. Christopher C. LaNeve has been named Costanza's replacement.

He previously served as director for operations, readiness and mobilization in the office of the deputy chief of staff for the Army in Washington, D.C.

Brig Gen. Gavin A. Lawrence has been selected as deputy to the chief of the staff for logistics within the U.S. Army Forces Command.

Lawrence previously was commander for the Defense Logistics Agency's Troop Support in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Brig. Gen. Daryl O. Hood has been selected as the deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Army Reserve Command.

Hood previously served as commandant for the, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School and U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Ryan, chief of staff for the 18th Airborne Corps, has been named as deputy chief of staff for operations for the NATO Resolute Support Mission, deputy commanding general for operations for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and commander of the U.S. National Support Element.

Brig. Gen. James P. Work, deputy commanding general of support for the 82nd Airborne Division, has been named as the director for Operations, Readiness and Mobilization for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Army in Washington, D.C.

On March 2, officials announced that Sgt. Maj. Garric M. Banfield, civil affairs proponent sergeant major of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, was selected to replace Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Teagle as the senior enlisted leader for Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan.

On Feb. 2, officials announced that Command Sgt. Maj. James "J.R." Cook, assigned to the 3rd Operational Support Group, was selected to replace Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. McCurry as the command senior enlisted leader for the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

rriley@fayobserver.com

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