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  • New deputy commandant assumes duties

  • Fort Leavenworth officials said goodbye to one general Friday morning and welcomed another.

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  • Fort Leavenworth officials said goodbye to one general Friday morning and welcomed another.
    Brig. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland officially took over as the deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Friday during an change of responsibility ceremony. He also will be serving as the deputy commanding general for the Combined Arms Center-Leader Development and Education.
    “Sean we are certain that you will serve us well,” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., commanding general of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.
    Caslen called MacFarland a proven leader.
    MacFarland said he looks forward to building on the legacy established at the fort by his predecessor, Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon.
    Cardon is leaving Fort Leavenworth to serve as the deputy commanding general for support for U.S. forces in Iraq.
    The outgoing deputy commandant said he’d been blessed to serve in one of the best jobs in the Army.
    “More than ever I understand the power of education,” Cardon said.
    MacFarland spoke with area reporters before Friday’s ceremony. He said his goals for his new assignment include providing military officers the best education possible, one that is relevant and rewarding.
    The new deputy commandant said he wants the education to prepare officers for an era of persistent conflict.
    MacFarland was asked about the Command and General Staff College’s practice of having students interact with the media in light of a recent magazine article that led to Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s departure as the U.S. military leader in Afghanistan as well as new guidelines from the secretary of defense.
    MacFarland said the college will continue to encourage officers to work with the media. He said the recent events probably make media training more important than ever.
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