West Point to get a new commandant of cadets, a 1986 graduate now at Colorado's Fort Carson


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WEST POINT, New York — West Point cadets will be getting a new commandant.

The Army chief of staff says Thursday that Brig. Gen. John C. Thomson III will be assigned commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. Thomson is currently deputy commanding general for support for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The commandant is one of the top officials at West Point and is in charge of military programs and day-to-day operations of the cadets. The commandant serves under West Point's superintendent.

Thomson graduated from West Point in 1986.

He will succeed Brigadier Gen. Richard D. Clarke at a time to be determined.

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