FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, will assume one of the two deputy commanding general positions of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) according to a release from the U.S. Department of Defense.

"It is an honor to be selected to continue service to the nation within this storied Division and the terrific communities that surround Fort Campbell," Stammer said. "I look forward to the challenges of working Division issues as we prepare for our next rendezvous with destiny."

Stammer, who is currently serving as the senior commander of Fort Campbell, assumed his duties in a ceremony March 5, 2013 hours before the majority of the Division command and staff deployed as part of the Combined Joint Task Force 101 to Eastern Afghanistan.

During his time as senior commander of the Division, Stammer has overseen the deployment and redeployment of several thousand members of the Division. This includes members from all four Brigade Combat Teams, both the 101st and 159th Combat Aviation Brigades, and the 101st Sustainment Brigade.

He said that, "The resiliency of our Soldiers and their families here at Fort Campbell continue to inspire me."

He went on to say that he will continue to improve the readiness of 101st Soldiers, that the units have excelled in preparing for their primary mission of conducting Air Assaults and that the 101st has maintained its status as the only Air Assault Division in the world.

Stammer came to the Division Joint Task Force-North in Fort Bliss, Texas where he served as the commander. A native of Redfield, S.D., he enlisted in the Army in 1982 and served at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Hood, Texas, after which he was honorably discharged in January 1985 to attend the University of Houston. After commissioning and graduation as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he returned to active duty as a Second Lieutenant.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston, a Master of Science in Foundations and Adult Education from Kansas State University and a Master of Art in National Strategy and Security Policy.

In addition to the College of Naval Warfare and the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Stammer is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer's Basic and Advanced Courses, Jumpmaster School, the United Nations Staff Officer Course in Sodertalje, Sweden, and the NATO Staff Officer Course in Oberamergau, Germany.

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