Thomas Vandal, former commander of Eighth Army and 2nd ID, dies
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A former commander of the Eighth Army and 2nd Infantry Division died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal commanded the Army’s highest headquarters unit on the Korean Peninsula from February 2016 until he relinquished the post in January. He played a major role in the deployment of U.S. troops to Camp Humphreys and the stationing of the THAAD air defense system to South Korea.
“LTG(R) Thomas S. Vandal … you were a tremendous leader and a charismatic mentor,” a message on the Eighth Army’s official Facebook said. “You were the epitome of the Eighth Army Motto: “Fight Tonight!” The hearts and prayers of the Eighth Army go out to the family and friends of LTG Vandal.”
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