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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new commander has been selected to take the lead of the 35th Infantry Division headquartered at Fort Leavenworth.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, adjutant general of the Kansas National Guard, says Brig. Gen. Michael D. Navrkal has been chosen to replace Maj. Gen. John E. Davoren. Davoren is retiring after 37 years of military service.

The selection of Navrkal was made by the 35th Division Council, which is comprised of adjutants general from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois. Tafanelli is chairman of the council.

Navrkal is assistant adjutant general of the Nebraska Army National Guard. He received his military commission in 1981 at Fort Benning, Ga.

A formal change of command is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Fort Leavenworth.

Davoren has commanded the 35th Infantry Division since August 2010.

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