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New leader named for 7th Infantry Division

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s next Army division commander is coming to the South Sound by way of the Defense Department’s Horn of Africa headquarters in Djibouti.

Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell will succeed Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza as commander of the 7th Infantry Division, the Army announced this week.

Lanza is staying at Lewis-McChord, but he is to receive a third star and become commander of I Corps.

Ferrell will oversee more than 20,000 soldiers in the base’s Stryker, artillery, combat aviation, engineer and battlefield surveillance brigades.

Ferrell joined the Army in 1984 and has served in South Korea and Germany. He deployed to Iraq twice with the Georgia-based 3rd Infantry Division. He was a cavalry squadron commander on one tour and a brigade commander on the second. He also has served in Bosnia.

His assignment leading the headquarters in Djibouti began in April.

Lanza took command of the division in October 2012 when the Army activated it at Lewis-McChord, giving it the same command structure as every other major Army base.

Lanza is expected to move to the I Corps command next month. He follows Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, who is scheduled to take command of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.