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Wednesday, Dec. 05, 2012

98th Training Division changes command

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Col. Michaelene Kloster assumed command of the 98th Training Division from Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards during a change of command ceremony at Soldiers Field adjacent to the National Infantry Museum, Dec. 1.

The 98th Training Division recently moved from Rochester, N.Y., to Fort Benning in July 2012, and exercises command and control of four brigades located throughout 12 states in the eastern U.S. as well as Puerto Rico.

A U.S. Army Reserve unit, its primary mission is to train Soldiers in basic combat training, advanced individual training, noncommissioned officer and officer professional development courses, Reserve Officer Training Corps instruction and one station unit training in Engineer and Infantry specialties.

Kloster said her success as a leader was a direct result of the Soldiers she has served with.

“I want thank everyone here today, from those who have served as mentors, guiding me along to this path; and the many great Soldiers whom I have had the opportunity to serve with and reach this point—without your support today would not have been possible,” she said.

Kloster began her military career in June 1984, commissioned as a second lieutenant from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Delaware; she is a Distinguished Military Graduate and a graduate of the Combined Arms and Services Staff School; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U. S. Army War College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science in Management and a doctorate in Business Administration. Her previous assignment was as the commander of the 1st Mobilization Support Group at Fort Totten, N.Y.

Outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Dwayne R. Edwards’ new assignment is as the deputy commanding general for the 99th Regional Support Command, Fort Dix, N.J. Edwards served as the commander of the 98th Training Division since June 4, 2010 and began his career by enlisting in the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1978.

Edwards is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Psychological Operations Officer Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, from which he earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

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