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Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, Brig. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, Brig. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, Brig. Gen. Burdett K. Thompson, Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, Brig. Gen. Peter D. Utley, Col. Joseph P. Harrington, Col. Wilson A. Shoffner Jr., Col. John C. Thomson III

General Officer Assignments

            The chief of staff, Army announced today the following assignments: 

            Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Operation Enduring Freedom, Djibouti, to commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington/commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, deputy chief of staff, operations, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to commanding general, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, deputy director for special operations, J-37, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., to commander, Special Operations Command Central, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Brig. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, who has been selected for the rank of major general, deputy commanding general (operations), 1st Infantry Division/Combined Joint Task Force-1, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to commanding general, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Fort Riley, Kan.

Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commanding general, 5th Signal Command, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany, to director, J-6, Cyber/C4, U.S. European Command, Germany.

Brig. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, deputy commanding general (support), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, to deputy chief of staff, communications, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Burdett K. Thompson, deputy commanding general (support), 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to deputy director for strategic planning and policy, J-5, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, deputy chief of staff, communications, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to senior commander – Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas.

Brig. Gen. Peter D. Utley, deputy chief of staff, operations and training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Va., to commanding general, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Col. Joseph P. Harrington, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., to deputy commander, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Fort Riley, Kan.

Col. Wilson A. Shoffner Jr., who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, deputy commander (support), 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, to deputy chief of staff, operations and training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Va.

Col. John C. Thomson III, who has been selected for the rank of brigadier general, director, chief of staff, Army Coordination Group, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, Washington, D.C., to deputy commander, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colo.

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At age 6, Susan was destined to be a journalist and photographer. In 1980, Susan founded Bainbridge News and The Bainbridge Chronicle Newspaper. Bainbridge News specializes in Military and National Politics, including Military Funerals and Burials and Political Funerals and Burials. Susan has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She has covered every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Recognized for her versatility, Susan has also covered finance, crime, civil rights events, marches, sports, musical events and more. In 1990, she established Bainbridge Photography, an On-Location photography company. In addition to military and political events, including Military and Political funerals and burials, Bainbridge Photography expanded into covering ALL funerals and burials, receptions, weddings, real estate, inventory, insurance, portrait, head shot, pets, fire and Hazmat. Miss Bainbridge believes in going the extra mile. "My Clients always come first." In 1980, Susan began her career in Washington, D.C., working for WMZQ Radio as a reporter and guest hostess from 1980 to 1985. Intrigued by radio, Susan wanted to write, freelancing for radio, television and print newspapers, including AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Northern Virginia Sun, The Press-Republicanand The Bainbridge Chronicle (established by Susan Bainbridge). In 1986, Susan worked at WDCA-TV Channel 20 as a guest hostess for "Eye On Washington." From 1990 to 1994, Susan reported and anchored for "The Arlington Weekly News." Additionally, she produced a segment for the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show. A prolific writer, while in high school in 1977, Bainbridge wrote an episode for NBC's "Little House on The Prairie" entitled "Laura's Best Friend." Though the show's producers did not use the script then, NBC producers encouraged Susan to pursue a writing and journalism career. Susan is a member of the National Press Club, the National Press Photographer's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susan Bainbridge's recognitions include from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late actor Lorne Greene, among many others. BAINBRIDGE NEWS was founded in 1980 by Susan Bainbridge (a sixth generation writer), a third generation journalist, a first generation photographer and a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first generation to establish a news business. Bainbridge News is dedicated in honor of Miss Bainbridge's late grandfather and idol, Mark S. Watson (The Baltimore Sun editor and war correspondent from 1920 to his death in 1966).

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