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June 10, 2011

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86th Training Division welcomes new commander

Brig. Gen. Daniel L. York assumed the duties as the division commander of the 86th Training Division (Operations) at Fort McCoy June 5.
PHOTO: The colors of the 86th Training Division are passed to the new commanding general of the 86th Training Division Operations. Photo by Herb Dowell
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, commanding general of the 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, Ky., passes the colors of the 86th Training Division (Operations) to Brig. Gen. Daniel L. York, the new commanding general of the 86th Training Division (Operations). (Photo by Herb Dowell)

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, 84th Training Command commanding general, presided over the ceremony. York assumed the duties from outgoing 86th Division Commander Brig. Gen. Alton G. Berry.

York had served as the division commander of the 104th Training Division (Leader Training) located at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., since Aug. 10, 2008.

York is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and was commissioned as an Infantry officer in 1981.

Upon receiving his commission as a second lieutenant, York served on active duty as an Infantry platoon leader, general’s aide de camp, and company commander for Delta Company, 3rd, 502nd, all within the 101st (Air Assault) Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.

As a company commander, York deployed with his unit as part of the 3rd, 502nd Task Force with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai. Upon leaving the 101st Division, York joined the Army Reserve.

He had the following assignments: 1st Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Company in San Diego; operations officer (individual mobilization augmentee) for Special Operations Command, Pacific; and commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in Portland, Ore.

York joined the 104th Training Division (Institutional Training) in June of 1999, where he served as the 3rd Brigade S3; battalion commander of the 1st, 414th, 1st Brigade; assistant G3, G1, and commander of the 3rd Brigade, 104th Training Division (Leader Training). Before assuming command of the 104th Training Division (Leader Training), York served as its assistant division commander-support.

York’s military education also includes the Infantry Officers Basic and Advanced Course, Company/Battalion/Brigade Pre-Command Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, where he served as seminar group chairman. York also has a Master of Divinity from Bethel (West) Seminary, San Diego, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Also during the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Harold P. Estabrooks became the 86th Training Division (Operations) command sergeant major at a change-of-responsibility ceremony.

Estabrooks succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Knute K. Weick.

(Story submitted by 86th Training Division (Operations).)

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