Army CBRN school appoints new commandant

Brigadier General Peggy Combs recently became the new commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear School and the 27th Chief of Chemical at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Combs officially took over the position at a ceremony held at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence plaza, according to

Major General Mark Yenter, Fort Leonard Wood's commanding officer, presided over the ceremony. The general told attendees that it was an honor to recognize the new commander and thanked Colonel Jeffrey Brodeur for his efforts as acting commandant.

"To our new commandant, Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs - congratulations and welcome. I cannot think of a more qualified officer to assume this position," Yenter said, reports. "As an expert and a leader in the CBRN field, Brig. Gen. Combs brings the right combination of knowledge, leadership and experience to this important position.

"(Brodeur) is a confident and steady-handed leader. He provided continuity for the CBRN Soldiers, leaders, civilians and Families under this regiment for a year, We are fortunate to have you and Elsa (Brodeur) as part of our team and thanks for all you have done as the assistant commandant and the acting commandant."

Yenter called Combs a brilliant role model for the troops and said he was confident in her abilities. He said he was pleased with the manner in which the transfer was conducted.

"It takes a team to make things happen, and my thanks to the entire CBRN team for keeping the momentum going as you have gone through this transition," Yenter said, reports. "It has been seamless; it has been incredibly successful."