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Major General Visits Yakima Training Center

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NEAR SELAH, Wash.-- A very special guest visited an Army brigade at the Yakima Training Center during their training exercises today.

Major General Stephen Lanza oversaw the training of several members of the 555th Engineering Brigade.

They were practicing the disposal of IED's using several large machines.

The general took command of the troops at the center just last year and says he wanted to get a first-hand look at their techniques.

"This is a perfect opportunity not only to train he and his platoon, but to get them ready for some of the arduous things they'll do when they go to Afghanistan, so I'm very excited and I'm very proud of what they're doing here, and it was great to see them train in this environment," said Lanza.

Lanza is the commanding general of the Seventh Infantry Division, and oversees 20-thousand troops.

The 555th Engineering Brigade was put under the new division in order to get better supervision and direction.