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WIESBADEN, Germany — Army Maj. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who took over the 1st Armored Division soon after it deployed to Iraq in spring 2003, will relinquish command at a ceremony Wednesday in Wiesbaden.

Succeeding Dempsey will be Maj. Gen. Fred D. Robinson, currently working for the Army’s deputy chief of staff of operations in Washington, said the 1st AD public affairs office. Robinson served in the 1st AD as the assistant division commander for maneuver a couple of years ago.

The Army has yet to announce where Dempsey is headed. Dempsey took command of the 1st AD in Iraq on July 16, 2003.

Robinson will assume command at a morning ceremony at Wiesbaden Army Airfield. Troops from around Germany are expected to attend.

The change comes at a time when the division is preparing to send its two brigades back to Iraq. The bulk of the 2nd Brigade, based in Baumholder, is due to depart around November. The 1st Brigade out of Friedberg, is slated to leave in early 2006.

Health-care award nominations

Organizers of a national award for health-care providers are looking for nominations of military personnel to honor the “dedication, compassion and skill” of nurses and other non-physician health-care specialists.

Last year, the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award honored Navy Lt. Charles Dickerson of the Yokosuka Naval Hospital in Japan for saving the life of a young Iraqi boy allegedly shot in the face by insurgents. The deadline for nominations for this year is July 31.

Recipients of the award can receive prizes including a cruise for two, trips to medical conferences, or donations to nonprofit groups of their choice.

The awards are sponsored by Cherokee Uniforms, a large supplier of medical clothing and apparel. The company will donate $1 for every nomination to the Nurses House organization, which provides short-term financial assistance to nurses facing serious hardship.

For more information or nomination forms, go to www.cherokeeuniforms.com.

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