The Army Thursday announced that Maj. Gen. John S. Kem will be the next commandant of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks.

Kem will take over the position held by Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp.

“I can think of no better individual to be the next commandant of the Army War College,” Rapp said in a news release. “John Kem is an exceptional leader and educator.”

The change of command ceremony will be held in early August. Rapp, the 50th commandant of the war college, will retire from the Army at a later date, according to a news release from the war college.

Kem is the provost of the Army University and deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

“Martha and I are excited to be joining the Army War College team and the greater Carlisle community,” Kem said in the news release. “Having spent the last two years working on mid-career education for officers, warrant officers, NCOs and Army civilians as part of the overall Army University effort, it will be interesting and challenging to now work on education and leader development at the more senior level.”

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