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The former rear detachment commander of Fort Drum was assigned to head one of the largest divisions of the state National Guard.

Brig. Gen. Harry E. Miller Jr. will lead the 42nd Infantry Division, based in Troy, which includes 20,000 soldiers from New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Hampshire. The unit, nicknamed the “Rainbow Division,” is one of eight divisions within the Army National Guard.

“I am truly honored and humbled to become part of such an outstanding organization and extremely thankful for the opportunity,” Gen. Miller said in a press release announcing the assignment. “I’m excited to once again take on the challenges of command and to be part of all-star team with such a storied history.”

The division, which has been active since World War I, became the first National Guard division headquarters to go to war since 1952 when it went to Iraq in 2005.

Since March, Gen. Miller has served as deputy commander of the state Army National Guard. Before that, he served as rear senior commander of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division from October 2010 until October 2011, when the division headquarters was deployed.

Gen. Miller will replace Maj. Gen. Steven N. Wickstrom, who has led the division since May 2009. The date for the command change has not been set.

Gen. Miller has deployed to Iraq twice, from 2006 to 2008. Other military assignments he has taken include active duty Army service with the 1st Armored Division, the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Special Forces Group, as well as the New Hampshire National Guard. During his career he has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, two Bronze Stars and the Meritorious Service Medal.

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