U.S. Army CBRN School Commander Combs departs for new command

A ceremony was held on March 3 to acknowledge the departure of Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs from command of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School to a new command assignment.

The ceremony was led by Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith and honored Combs for her service. Combs is leaving to serve as Commanding General of Fort Knox, Ky., and the U.S. Army Cadet Command, myGuidon.com reports.

Combs will temporarily be succeeded by U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School Col. Jeffrey Brodeur. The position will be permanently filled by current Deputy Commanding General to the U.S. Army Cadet Command Brig. Gen. Maria Gervais, according to myGuidon.com.

Gervais was the first woman to head the 82nd Chemical Battalion and is the former Chief of Staff to the Army Chemical School and Maneuver Support Center of Excellence. She is considered a member of the Fort Leonard Wood community, myGuidon.com reports.

During the ceremony, Combs expressed her admiration for the Fort Leonard Wood community and said that while she must leave to fulfill other duties, it will always have a place in her heart.

"There is no greater community," Combs said, according to myGuidon.com. "Everyone truly cares about the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and the Marines who serve here. This community pours their heart out to any Family in need on this post, and it's just exceptional. Although I will now have to remove my CBRN brassard from my right sleeve, it will always be a part of my heart."