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Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division gets new commander

Posted August 5, 2010

— Twelve thousand paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division gathered in formation at Fort Bragg Thursday to mark a change of command for the storied North Carolina-based unit.

Maj. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who has led the division since October 2008, passed the flags to  Maj. Gen. James L. Huggins in a ceremony on post.

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Under Scaparrotti's command, the division has been fighting two wars – in Iraq and Afghanistan – and provided relief and security in Haiti following a devastating earthquake in January.

Huggins is no stranger to the 82nd. He has held several command positions in the division, including brigade commander for the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He has been assigned to Fort Bragg since 1996, serving also as chief of staff of the 18th Airborne Corps.

The 82nd will celebrate again next month when all 22,000-plus members of the division will be back on post for the first time since 2003.


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  • CanesLuvr Aug 5, 2010

    I ♥ my 82nd Man!! This is exciting for them but I think it is way to hot to be doing all of this outside.

  • CuriousT Aug 5, 2010

    When did the 82nd get their maroon berets back? It's good to see them again.

  • Bishop Aug 5, 2010

    Wahooooo! My buddy comes back in 2 weeks... Don't mess this up

  • RedStatesManWatts Aug 5, 2010

    Thanks to all of our military for their service to our country! We support you!

  • just my2cents Aug 5, 2010

    Thank you to all who serve and protect!

  • MissManda2 Aug 5, 2010

    i ♥ our troops!!