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5.15.03

Special Forces leader

A new general has been named to lead the Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg. Brigadier General Gary Jones was tapped for the Special Forces post yesterday; he currently is commander of special operations in Europe.

The general who had led the Green Berets - Major General Geoffrey Lambert - will become the commander of the school at Fort Bragg that trains the elite troops. Lambert replaces Major General William Boykin at the John F. Kennedy Center. Boykins' next assignment was not announced.

The JFK Center trains about 15,000 students a year in skills for Special Forces, civil affairs and psychological operations.

Special Forces soldiers have played key roles in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Army Special Forces Command oversees about 9,500 soldiers and civilian employees.

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