ANCHORAGE - Brig. Gen. Raymond Palumbo took command of the U.S. Army in Alaska in a ceremony Monday at Fort Richardson.
Palumbo replaces Maj. Gen. William J. Troy, who leaves to take the position of director of the Army staff at the Pentagon.
Palumbo is 50 and comes from Fort Bragg, N.C., where he has served as the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He served under Gen. Stanley McChrystal and describes his firing as commander of forces in Afghanistan as unfortunate.
Palumbo also told The Anchorage Daily News he supports making mental health a key component of Army fitness and treatment programs for post traumatic stress.