Maj. Gen. Steve Gilland, the new commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, speaks to reporters after his change-of-command ceremony at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)
Maj. Gen. Steve Gilland, the new commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, speaks to reporters after his change-of-command ceremony at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES)

Gilland takes helm of 2nd Infantry Division at sensitive time in S. Korea

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The former commandant of cadets at West Point assumed the helm of the 2nd Infantry Division on Wednesday as senior officials insisted that changes to military exercises to facilitate nuclear talks with North Korea have not diminished the ability to “fight tonight.”

Maj. Gen. Steve Gilland, who took command from Maj. Gen. Scott McKean during a ceremony at the Warrior Division’s new headquarters on Camp Humphreys, inherits the challenge of balancing the need to maintain readiness with diplomatic efforts to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

The change of command comes less than a year after the 2nd ID vacated its longtime home at Camp Red Cloud near the border with North Korea as part of a long-planned relocation.

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