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Fort Knox installs first female commander

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs has become the first female to take command over Fort Knox and U.S. Army Cadet Command.

The News-Enterprise reports the change of command ceremony took place Thursday at the central Kentucky Army post. Combs, who has served in the Army for 28 years, succeeds Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith in the role.

In a speech during the ceremony, Combs noted that Fort Knox is an important hub in attracting and recruiting soldiers. She praised the work that Smith has done to improve the post and develop new strategic approaches for Cadet Command. Combs said her goals include making sure Smith's vision is carried out.

Smith has been named deputy chief of staff of operations at the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com

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