FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Brig. Gen. John M. Brown took over command of the Alaska Army during a ceremony Thursday at Fort Richardson.
After just over two years serving as commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska, Maj. Gen. James Lovelace will be moving on to the Pentagon, where he will be the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff for operations.
Brown had previously been deputy commander for transformation in the training and doctrine command stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., near Tacoma.
While at Fort Lewis, Brown was involved with the transformation of two brigades into the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade headquarters at Fort Wainwright is the next of four brigades to undergo the same transformation within the next year.
As commander of Alaska's Army, Brown will be in charge of the roughly 6,000 soldiers. The position also includes serving under Air Force Lt. Gen. Norton Schwartz as the deputy commander for the multi-service Alaska Command at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.
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