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36th ID: return to duty, new commander Story and photos by Sgt. Josiah Pugh 100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

CAMP MABRY, Texas– The 36th Infantry Division celebrated a successful deployment and welcomed a new commander during a ceremony held Saturday, Jan. 21, at Camp Mabry in Austin.

After three years in command and an historic deployment to Iraq, Maj. Gen. Eddy M. Spurgin handed the division’s colors to newly promoted Maj. Gen. James K. “Red” Brown. Brown served as rear detachment commander for the division headquarters during its deployment, and as the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander 10 THE DISPATCH February 2012

during a deployment to Iraq in 2005.

“I am proud to stand beside you,” Brown said to his troops. “Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.”

The 36th Div. headquarters is comprised of more than 700 Texas National Guard Soldiers. In December 2010 they deployed to Basrah, Iraq, where they provided command and control of approximately 8,000 active-duty troops in support of Operation New Dawn. The headquarters worked hand-inhand with Iraqi leadership in an effort to improve the security, safety, stability, and economic viability of Iraq’s nine southern provinces. With the Iraqi Security Forces, the unit conducted 570

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