Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais assumes command of Army CBRN School

Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais took command on Tuesday of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Hood, Mo.

Gervais, who became the 28th chief of Chemical and commandant of the school, assumed the new role at a morning ceremony in the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Plaza, KSPR reports.

Gervais previously served as the U.S. Army Cadet Command's deputy commanding general. USACBRNS Assistant Commandant Jeffrey Brodeur served as acting commandant in Gervais' absence, according to KSPR.

Gervais received her commission as a chemical officer in 1987 through the ROTC program at Lander College in Greenwood, S.C. She served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991, and more recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Brig. Gen Peggy Combs served as the previous commandant of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, and left to become the first-ever commanding general at Fort Knox, Ken., KSPR reports.

The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School is the joint combat developer for the CBRN Defense Program, and trains both American and international service members.