Col. Thomas Raleigh Mann, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Meade, left his post Friday to take a new position with the 80th Training Division in Richmond, Va.

Col. Kent D. Menser, deputy garrison commander, assumed command of the base, which has two active battalions, 11,000 military personnel and 28,000 civilian employees.

At Fort Meade, Mann spent two years as commander of the 519th Military Police Battalion, one year as deputy garrison commander and oneyear as commander.

One of Fort Meade's missions is to prepare forthe contingency of war, and during the Persian Gulf crisis, the garrison experienced its heaviest activity since World War II. It processed 2,700 soldiers from 42 active, Reserve and National Guard units, all of whom were sent overseas for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Menser was deputy garrison commander under Mann for a year.His previous assignments included commanding the Army garrison at Arlington Hall (Va.) Station at and at Camp Page and Area II, in Chun-Chon, Korea.

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