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USFK's 2nd Infantry Division greets new commander

All Headlines 15:50 July 18, 2017

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- The 2nd Infantry Division, a forward-deployed U.S. Army unit in South Korea, welcomed its new commanding general Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. D. Scott McKean took over the command from Maj. Gen. Theodore D. Martin in a ceremony held at Camp Casey in Dongducheon close to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

McKean will double as leader of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Division, which includes the 2nd Infantry Division and a South Korean Army brigade.

Before taking the post, he served as chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq at the U.S. Central Command and commandant at the U.S. Army Armor School.

Martin, meanwhile, finished his two-year stint as the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, nicknamed "Warrior Division" and "Second to None." It's the core element of the 28,500-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK).

He will reportedly work at the Pentagon.

In an interview with Yonhap News Agency last month, Martin said he will return to Korea any time if it's in need of help.

"If there's a crisis, I will be back," he said. "All I want is a rifle and bullets. That's all I need."

Maj. Gen. D. Scott McKean (L), the new commanding general of the U.S. Forces Korea's 2nd Infantry Division, shakes hands with his predecessor Maj. Gen. Theodore D. Martin in a change of command ceremony held at Camp Casey in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province, on July 18, 2017. (Yonhap)

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