Iowa Army National Guard reassigns colonel

By Tony Leys and William Petroski - The Des Moines (Iowa) Register
Posted : Friday Jun 4, 2010 13:01:22 EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa— An Iowa Army National Guard colonel in charge of more than 3,100

soldiers scheduled for combat duty in Afghanistan has been abruptly relieved of his command for violating military regulations.

Col. Tom Staton, 45, a full-time military officer, has been fired as commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division. The brigade will be mobilized this summer in preparation for the Afghanistan deployment later this year.

In addition, the Iowa National Guard has replaced Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Berte, 41, of Cedar Falls, who had been the brigade's top enlisted soldier.

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