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U.S. Army General Become 1st Ever To Serve In British Division

September 04, 2015

For the first time in U.S. history, a General will serve in a British division as deputy commander.

His name is U.S. Brig. Gen. Michael J. Tarsa and the move was announced in january that the commander of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colo would be headed to England to serve as deputy commander of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division at Bulford Garrison.

The 3rd division is the only one in the British army to be kept continuously ready for operations.


While this arrangement isn’t unique to the UK, as a German general is now serving in the U.S. military, it is the first time this sort of move has taken place.

Both sides are eager to begin. Tarsa was quoted as saying:

“I wear my nation’s uniform as a member of the U.S. Army, but I now have the privilege to be part of the British army and 3rd Division.”

Godspeed Brig. General!


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RAF MILDENHALL, England — U.S. Brig. Gen. Michael J. Tarsa has assumed the role of deputy commander of a British division, becoming the first American general to serve in that capacity in the British army, a spokesman said.

Tarsa was previously the deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colo.

In January, the Army chief of staff announced his assignment to deputy commander 3rd (United Kingdom) Division and he started his new job at Bulford Garrison, in Wiltshire, England, on Tuesday.


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