FORT POLK, La. (FORT POLK) - The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk changes command as Maj. Gen. Gary Brito moves on to take charge of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia. The ceremony takes place Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at Warrior Field.
Main Entrance to Fort Polk.
Brito will be replaced by Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, currently deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Prior to his assignment at Fort Knox, Frank was the 1st Infantry Division deputy commanding general and Fort Riley acting senior commander. Previous assignments include deputy commanding general (support), 1st Infantry Division; executive officer to the commander ISAF/Resolute Support; executive officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army; commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team "Spartans", 10th Mountain Division – deployed in the surge of forces to Kandahar, Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom XII-XIII; 1st Infantry Division G-3; commander of 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry "Black Lions", 4th IBCT, 1st Infantry Division – deployed to Baghdad as a part of the surge during Operation Iraqi Freedom-V; aide to the Secretary of the Army; deputy G-3, brigade S-3, and battalion S-3, 101st Airborne Division; company commands in the 10th Mountain Division, and a tour with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany.
Frank has participated in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Operation Iraqi Freedom I and V, Operation Enduring Freedom XII-XIII and XVII, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in New York, and was commissioned as an infantry officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance; a Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; a Master in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College; and a Master in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Frank’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, Air Assault and Airborne Wings, and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.