New York Guard names new commander for Rainbow Division
TROY, N.Y. -- The 42nd Infantry Division of the New York Army National Guard, based in the city, received a new commander Monday.
Brigadier-General Henry Miller was elevated to command of the 20,000-member corps after serving as deputy commander of the 10,500-member New York Army National Guard since March. He succeeds Major General Steven Wickstrom, a Massachusetts native, who commanded the division since May 2009.
Miller is a former garrison commander at Fort Drum, the Jefferson County home of the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division. He served as rear detachment commander when the 10th Mountain headquarters was deployed to Afghanistan, and served two tours in Iraq. He is a former member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard.
"I am truly honored and humbled to become part of such an outstanding organization and extremely thankful for the opportunity," Miller said in a statement. "I'm excited to once again take on the challenges of command and to be part of all-star team with such a storied history."
Known as the Rainbow Division, the 42nd Infantry was formed out of National Guard units from around the country during World War I. The division's first chief of staff was then-Colonel Douglas MacArthur, who said the division would stretch across the United States "like a rainbow."
The name stuck. During World War II, the division landed in France and fought through Germany, liberating the Dachau Concentration Camp and taking several major cities before occupying Vienna.
After the war, the division was incorporated into the New York National Guard, and has since responded to numerous national disasters including the ice storm of 1998 and the World Trade Center attacks.
A date for the formal transfer of command has yet to be set.
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