Base commander returning from Afghanistan

  • Tue Jun 12th, 2012 1:53pm
  • News

Associated Press

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s top commander returns from Afghanistan Wednesday after a yearlong deployment in which he and about 600 soldiers from the I (First) Corps Headquarters ran daily combat operations.

A welcoming ceremony is planned at 2 p.m. at Gray Army Airfield for Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti and about 50 members of the headquarters staff.

Scaparrotti is handing over his position as the Afghan war’s No. 2 commander to Lt. Gen. James Terry.

The News Tribune reported that Scaparrotti’s return signals a summer of change in the top ranks at Lewis-McChord. Scaparrotti is due to hand his post over to Maj. Gen. Robert Brown.

New generals will take command of a base with more than 9,300 active-duty soldiers in Afghanistan and another 4,000 preparing for deployments.