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Change of command for the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

In a change of command ceremony on Thursday morning, June 26, COL David G. Fivecoat assumed command of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade from COL Kyle. E. Lear. 

"Over the next two years we're going to train almost 40,000 students in four courses: In the Ranger course, Airborne School, Pathfinder and Jumpmaster," Fivecoat tells News Leader 9. "And we'll look to continue the standards, and continue to evolve the courses to meet the needs of the Army, and develop those schools and the leaders and soldiers that pass through here, and so they can take them out into the Army."

The ceremony took place at the Ranger demonstration area on Hurley Hill in Harmony Church.

Lear has been reassigned to Eighth Army in Korea, where he will serve as the operations officer.

About COL David G. Fivecoat:

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, Fivecoat has also earned a master's degree in Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a master's degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. 

With more than 21 years of service, Fivecoat has served in infantry, airborne, air assault, armor and mechanized units.  His assignments include three tours in Iraq, a tour in Afghanistan as the commander of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and counterinsurgency operations in Kosovo and Bosnia.

His awards and decorations include the Valorous Unit Award, four Bronze Star medals and the Army Commendation Medal with V Device.  He is Ranger qualified,  a Master Parachutist and has earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Air Assault Badge and French Parachutist Badge.

He was the lead writer and editor of Field Manual 3-24.2, Tactics in Counterinsurgency, and has had articles published in Infantry Magazine, Armor Magazine, Fires Bulletin, Military Review and Parameters.

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