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Fort Knox’s first female commander once at MacDill

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Brig. Gen. Peggy C. Combs has become the first woman to take command over Fort Knox and U.S. Army Cadet Command.

The change of command ceremony took place Thursday. She succeeds Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith.

Combs has served in the Army for 28 years, most recently as commandant of the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear school at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

She was deployed as the joint nuclear biological and chemical operations officer during Operation Enduring Freedom for U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. She was also chief of staff for the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission in Baghdad.

In a speech during the ceremony, Combs noted that Fort Knox is an important hub in attracting and recruiting soldiers. She praised the work Smith has done to improve the post and develop new strategic approaches for Cadet Command. Combs said her goals include making sure Smith’s vision is carried out.

Smith was named deputy chief of staff of operations at the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

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