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New Commander for First Army

First Army

First Army will welcome a new leader on Monday. During an Assumption of Command Ceremony, Lieutenant General Thomas James will become the 39th commanding general.

He'll replace Lieutenant General Stephen Twitty who left in August to become deputy commander of the US European Command.

James is a career armor officer, with more than 33 years in the Army, and he comes to First Army from an assignment in South Korea where he was Director of Operations for the combined United Nations - US Command.

The 10 am ceremony on Monday will include "ceremonial cannon fire," with cannon fire also included in a dress rehearsal scheduled for 7:30 am. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.