CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The next commander of the 2nd Infantry Division will be coming here by way of Iraq.

The Army announced this week that Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, deputy commander (support) for U.S. Forces – Iraq, Operation New Dawn, will succeed Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker as leader of the 2nd ID this fall.

The 2nd ID has about 10,000 soldiers, most of whom are stationed in the northernmost region of South Korea, between Seoul and the Demilitarized Zone.

Cardon was commissioned as an engineer officer from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982. He earned master’s degrees from the National War College and the U.S. Naval Command and Staff College, in both national security and strategic studies. His military career has included stops in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and he has served multiple tours in Iraq.

Tucker came to the 2nd ID in October of 2009 after serving as deputy chief of staff for operations for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Information about his next career stop was not immediately available.

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