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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 19th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Major General Cardon To Take Command of 2nd Infantry Division In Korea

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Here is an announcement on who the new 2nd Infantry Division commander will be this fall:

The next commander of the 2nd Infantry Division will be coming here by way of Iraq.

The Army announced this week that Maj. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, deputy commander (support) for U.S. Forces – Iraq, Operation New Dawn, will succeed Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker as leader of the 2nd ID this fall.

The 2nd ID has about 10,000 soldiers, most of whom are stationed in the northernmost region of South Korea, between Seoul and the Demilitarized Zone.

Cardon was commissioned as an engineer officer from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982. He earned master’s degrees from the National War College and the U.S. Naval Command and Staff College, in both national security and strategic studies. His military career has included stops in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and he has served multiple tours in Iraq.  [Stars & Stripes]

I have to wonder among generals how prestigious it is now a days to become the commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division considering how hollowed out the division is with having only one combat brigade and not a very robust mission compared to the other US Army divisions that see rotating deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. 

By the way you can read more about MG Edward Cardon at this link.

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  • Lemmy
    12:09 am on June 20th, 2011 1

    It’s wonderful to see a non-infantryman command an Infantry division.

  • ChickenHead
    12:20 am on June 20th, 2011 2

    2ID will be run by the big General Cardon
    and I have good advice, begging his pardon
    Some things just won’t fly
    so don’t be like the last guy.
    Keep it to yourself… meaning, your hardon.

  • vince
    1:07 am on June 20th, 2011 3

    #2– Is Tucker getting shytcanned?

  • Marcus
    6:48 am on June 20th, 2011 4

    It is not very prestigious at all to be stationed there these days. In fact, practically none of the field-grade officers (majors) that serve there get selected for battalion commands. It’s a virtual career death sentence if you go over there anymore. And it’s one of the dirty little secrets that none of the respective branch managers will share.

  • Jon
    9:51 am on June 20th, 2011 5

    2ID does “have” 3 more combat brigades, but they’re at Ft Lewis and fall under I-Corps…

  • ChickenHead
    10:08 am on June 20th, 2011 6

    Sorry, Vince…

    …older and less sensational news… so kinda misleading.

    Col. Robert M. Roth

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    3:18 pm on June 20th, 2011 7

    Yes Jon 2ID does have other brigades but they are not brigades that the CG commands. The 2ID CG pretty much commands one combat brigade, a fires brigade, an aviation brigade, and the other support units that go with it. It seems like this would be a much less challenging assignment for a General Officer than taking over the 101st Airborne for example?

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    3:47 pm on June 20th, 2011 8

    In reply to Vince, no Tucker is just rotating out on schedule.

  • Jeff
    7:19 am on June 21st, 2011 9

    Hard to beat a Commander like GEN Luck. (MG Luck when he had 2ID)

    back in the day when he had more hair.

  • Kevin Kearn
    11:30 am on December 12th, 2011 10

    MG Cardone is, perhaps, the most intelligent general officer in our Army. His only disadvantage is that he was commissioned as an engineer officer. As a consequence, he’s had to shine brighter than combat arms officers to take the positions normally doled to them. MG Webster noted that after conversion from the Div Engr Bde, then-COl Cardon remained the 4th BDE, 3ID commander; COL Cardone was the best of all his Brigade Commanders.
    Judging the wieght of 2ID’s command against others disregards the magnitude of his selection and the confidence the CSA has in him. Korea is still a dangerous place and a very serious command.


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