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New commander for largest National Guard unit in Tenn.

Published On: Apr 09 2013 09:47:34 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2013 04:33:49 PM CDT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

The largest unit in the Tennessee National Guard will have a new commander.  In a press release, the National Guard announced Col. Frank C. McCauley, who has commanded the Regiment since May 2011, will turn command over to Col. Darrell D. Darnbush.  Darnbush previously served as the Chief of Joint Staff for the Tennessee National Guard and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. 

The Tennessee Army National Guard says Col. McCauley will be retiring from the military after 32 years of service. Col. Darnbush brings 30 years of military experience to the new position. Darnbush enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1983 and received his commission in 1986 from the Tennessee Military Academy.

The 278th is Tennessee's largest command, with units stretching from Kingsport to Memphis. It's composed of more than 3,700 Soldiers in three maneuver squadrons, a support squadron, a special troops squadron, and a fires squadron.  

The ceremony will be held on April 14 at 1 p.m., located at the West High School Football Stadium, 3326 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville.