In a ceremony Sunday morning, June 8, at Joint Base Cape Cod attended by hundreds of soldiers and veterans, command of the Massachusetts Army National Guard passed to Colonel Francis B. Magurn.
In addition to commanding the 6,200 Army National Guard members based in the state, Colonel Magurn also is the executive director of Joint Base Cape Cod and assistant adjutant general in the military division of the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
Joint Base Cape Cod covers 23,000 acres, most of which is in Bourne and Sandwich.
In addition to Camp Edwards, a large training tract operated by the Army National Guard, the base also is home to the 102nd Intelligence Wing of the Air National Guard, the 6th Space Warning Squadron and Coast Guard Air Station.
During Sunday’s ceremony, command of the Massachusetts Army National Guard passed from Brigadier General Paul G. Smith to Col. Magurn, who is expected to be promoted to general shortly.
Col. Magurn, who lives in Littleton, previously served as the 26th (Yankee) Maneuver Enhancement Bridge commander and as joint chief of staff for the Massachusetts National Guard.
Gen. Smith, who lives in Ashburnham, also previously commanded the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. He commanded Joint Task Force Massachusetts during nine state weather and other emergencies, including the response to the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013.
The change-of-command ceremony was held at the Yankee Division Memorial outside the headquarters building at Camp Edwards.
Correction June 9, 2014: Changed number of Army National Guard members to 6,200.