A military blog by Howard Altman
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Brig. Gen. Michael A. Calhoun will become the Adjutant General of Florida on March 29, Gov. Rick Scott announced today via a media release.
Calhoun will replace Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw, who will retire at the end of March.
Calhoun has served as Assistant Adjutant General – Army, and Director of Joint Staff since July 2011. He also currently serves as Joint Task Force Commander and Dual Status Commander Designee, according to the release.
The Florida Army National Guard’s largest major command, which is based in Pinellas Park, is getting a new commander.
Col. Ralph Ribas will assume command of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) during a ceremony Saturday at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park, according to a FLANG media release.
Ribas, who serves as the deputy commander for the 53rd IBCT, replaces Col. Mike Canzoneri, as the unit commander.
The big news in Pakistan today wasn’t in Pakistan.
It was here in Tampa, where Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif met with the commander of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III.
Here in Tampa, it didn’t even make the radar screen, what with nearly 200 representatives from more than 30 nations ensconced at MacDill Air Force Base plotting the demise of the Islamic State.
Iranian general Ghasem Soleimani, head of that nation’s Qods Force, has long been a target of American interest and unhappiness.
And for good reason.
Qods Force, which in many ways is the Iranian equivalent of our special operations forces, has been a big player in Middle Eastern turmoil.