Col. Paul J. Laughlin II, the commander of the U.S. Armor School at Fort Benning, will serve as an assistant division commander for the 2nd Infantry Division, 8th U.S. Army, in his new assignment in South Korea, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon said.
Laughlin’s new assignment will be at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea, said Lt. Col. Stephen J. Platt, a Pentagon spokesman.
The Army announced on Monday that Laughlin had been reassigned six months after arriving as Fort Bennning’s 47th chief of armor.
Laughlin’s promotion to brigadier general was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on New Year’s Day. No departure date has been scheduled, but his new position as an assistant division commander is one filled by a general officer.
“Assignments of general officers are made based on their qualifications, availability and the operational requirements of the Army,” Platt said.
The commanding general at Camp Red Cloud designates which assistant position Laughlin will hold. He will serve as a deputy Commander of maneuver. The other two deputy positions are operations and support.
Platt said no replacement has been selected to take over the Armor School.
Laughlin will get a chance to meet some soldiers from Camp Red Cloud next month when a five-member team from the 2nd Infantry Division take part in the inaugural Gainey Cup competition for cavalry scouts. The five-day event will feature 14 teams from throughout the Army and determine the best team as Cavalry scouts.
He is the third commander of the Armor School since it moved from Fort Knox, Ky., as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. Arriving in August, Laughlin was preceded by Brig. Gen. Thomas James and Brig. Gen. Ted Martin.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Laughlin was commissioned a second lieutenant of armor after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. He earned a master’s degree from the National War College and Central Michigan University.