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Maranian bids farewell to Fort Sill at retreat ceremony

Brig. Gen. Stephen Maranian said farewell to Fort Sill Thursday, leaving behind a legacy as he heads to a new assignment in South Korea.

Maranian, commandant of the Field Artillery School and chief of the field artillery branch since June 2016, also served as director of the Future Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team, the Army's top modernization priority.

At a farewell retreat ceremony for Maranian, Fort Sill Commander Maj. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, said Maranian took the extra assignment in stride and "if you know Steve, you know he didn't miss a beat as commandant."

Maranian saw that work on the cross functional team was completed much faster than anyone thought, Shoffner said, and "he got the Army to find money for what we were advocating and got someone else to pay for it."

While Fort Sill will miss him, Shoffner said, the troops in South Korea will gain from having him as deputy commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division (Combined) of the Eighth Army.

Maranian thanked a long list of soldiers and civilians. The Lawton community  including Cameron University, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and many veterans retirees who've made Lawton home  have created a special relationship between the post and the civilian community.

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