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Buchanan Man Takes Command Of Army's XVIII Airborne Corps

Buchanan native Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, left, receives the XVIII Airborne Corps colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn as Anderson  assumes command of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Buchanan native Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, left, receives the XVIII Airborne Corps colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn as Anderson assumes command of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C. Photo Credit: Courtesy US Army

BUCHANAN, N.Y. -- Buchanan native and West Point graduate Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson is taking over command of "America's Contingency Corps."

Anderson was welcomed in a recent ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C. after taking over command of the XVIII Airborne Corps, a rapid deployment unit stationed at Fort Bragg, according to a news release from the Army.

"He has led our soldiers with distinction during 32 years of service to the nation,” Army Forces Command Gen. Daniel B Allyn said in the release. “Gen. Anderson brings a wealth of experience of proven leadership to the corps. He is a prudent, combat veteran with impeccable credentials regarding combat and operational deployments in Panama, Albania, Kosovo and three tours in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.”

A native of Buchanan, Anderson is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, according to the release. He has held numerous command positions, the most recent in Fort Carson, Colo. as the commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson from November 2011 to March 2013. During that assignment, Anderson trained and "prepared more than four brigade combat teams for successful deployments to Afghanistan, one of which assumed duties as the first security force assistance brigade," according to the release.

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