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Ft. Benning welcomes new Infantry Commandant


The Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning welcomed BG James E. Rainey, the incoming Infantry Commandant and Chief of Infantry, at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 in Derby Auditorium.

About Fort Benning, Rainey tells News Leader 9, "I learned how to be a soldier here, I learned how to be a leader here, I learned how to be an officer here, and my wife and I got married here. And she loves it, which is always a good thing when your wife likes where you're going in the Army."

Upon graduation from Eastern Kentucky University in 1987, Rainey was commissioned as an Infantry officer where he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Since then, he has also earned a master's degree in military arts and science from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a master's degree in public administration from Troy University.

Rainey's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star medal with five oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.

His most recent assignment was as the deputy commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division and deputy commander for maneuver, regional command-south, International Security Assistance North Atlantic Treaty Organization for Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

The former Infantry commandant, Col. Robert Choppa, has retired from active duty.

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