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U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence: Fort Benning to get new commanding general

Maj. Gen. Robert Brown will become Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning in November, replacing Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter.

The change of command at was announced Thursday by the Department of the Army.

Brown is currently the chief of staff for the U.S. Army, Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.

The change of command ceremony is set for 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center at Patriot Park.

Ken Leuer was Fort Benning’s commanding general from 1987-1988. He said he is not familiar with Brown but that the Army is “very selective” when finding a leader for an educational post such as Fort Benning.

“We can expect a high level of performance just as we’ve had from leaders past,” Leuer said.

Leuer added Ferriter has done a “tremendous job.”

“He’s done real yeoman’s work,” Leuer said.

The retired general said Ferriter has had a tough job managing the post in wartime as well as handling the preparation for the troops coming to Fort Benning from Fort Knox, Ky.

“General Brown is an outstanding soldier and leader and friend and is the perfect choice to lead Fort Benning as we complete the transition to the Maneuver Center of Excellence,” said Ferriter about Brown in a news release. “Major General Brown brings a wealth of experience, positive energy, and a diverse background with service in Haiti, Bosnia, and most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I know that he will have a significantly positive impact on the Fort Benning community.”

Ferriter’s next assignment has not been announced.