2ID has a new commander:
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Maj. Gen. Thomas Vandal’s last job would seem to be perfect training for his new role as head of the 2nd Infantry Division on the volatile Korean Peninsula.
Vandal most recently served as director of operations, readiness and mobilization for the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff in Washington. In South Korea, he has to ensure his 10,000 troops are ready to mobilize for any threat from North Korea while preparing for the consolidation of U.S. forces to regional hubs south of Seoul.
“Together with our [South Korean] partners, we will continue to be a lethal deterrent to aggression and vanguards for security on the Korean Peninsula,” Vandal, who succeeds Maj. Gen. Edward Cardon, told a change-of-command ceremony Monday. “We will continue to ensure that our readiness and ability to ‘fight tonight’ is never compromised.”
Vandal will seek to continue to improve coordination between his charges and the South Korean military and is tasked with minimizing misbehavior by 2ID soldiers, which – as is the case with all U.S. servicemembers serving in South Korea – routinely makes national headlines here. [Stars and Stripes]
You can read more at the link, but it will be interesting to see how he reacts to the first GI misbehavior that happens that hits the Korean media.