Second Benning commander to get star at Friday promotion

April 11, 2013 

For the second time in the last week, a commander at Fort Benning is getting promoted to brigadier general.

Col. Paul J. Laughlin II, the 47th chief of the U.S. Armor School, will be promoted during a 2 p.m. ceremony Friday at the Benning Conference Center.

The promotion for Laughlin comes a week after Brig. Gen. David B. Haight, commander of the Infantry School, received his star at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Laughlin’s promotion is the last for the command staff serving under Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

In February, the Army announced that Laughlin has been reassigned to South Korea, where he will serve as the assistant division commander for the 2nd Infantry Division, 8th U.S. Army. He will be at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea.

Post officials didn’t know how long he will remain at Fort Benning before departing for Camp Red Cloud.

Laughlin is the third commander of the Armor School since it moved from Fort Knox, Ky., as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. Arriving in early August, Laughlin was preceded by Brig. Gen. Thomas James and Brig. Gen. Ted Martin.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Laughlin was commissioned a second lieutenant of armor after graduating from the Springfield College, Mass. He earned a master’s degree from the National War College and Central Michigan University.

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