Army announces new commander of 1st Infantry Division after relieving general
SAN ANTONIO — The commander of the National Training Center will lead the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley in Kansas after the Army relieved Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby of command, the Pentagon said Thursday.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin will assume command of “The Big Red One” after the removal of Grigsby as the division prepares one of its brigades for deployment to Iraq, said Cynthia O. Smith, an Army spokeswoman.
Grigsby was pulled from command last week for what the Army described as “a lack of confidence.” Army officials have offered few details, other than Grigsby is the subject of an official investigation. The violation or violations that caused his removal from command have not yet been made public.
A unit from the 1st Infantry Division will deploy to Iraq as part of a regular rotation, Smith said. But she stressed it was not related to the Pentagon’s announcement this week of 600 troops deploying to Iraq to bolster the fight against the Islamic State group ahead of the anticipated Mosul offensive.
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