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New commander takes over at Buckley Armory

Maj. Jim Shearer (right) replaced Maj. Greg Allen (left) as commander of the Army National Guard Armory in Buckley during recent change-of-command ceremonies. Photo by Kevin Hanson -
Maj. Jim Shearer (right) replaced Maj. Greg Allen (left) as commander of the Army National Guard Armory in Buckley during recent change-of-command ceremonies. Photo by Kevin Hanson
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The Army National Guard Armory in Buckley has a new unit commander.

In a changing of command ceremony July 18, Maj. Jim Shearer formally replaced Maj. Greg Allen, who was the commander of the unit for almost four years.

Shearer has been a part of the unit since 1996 as a detachment commander for two teams in the company as well as, most recently, an executive officer.

Shearer, who is regularly a Seattle police officer, has been in the military since 1982 in either active duty or the National Guard.

His duties as unit commander are to oversee the training of the soldiers in the company. He must also ensure that the more than 100 soldiers in his command are qualified to be deployed as part of special forces detachments when they are needed by the Special Operations Command.

"It's a privilege and an honor to command these members of our command," Shearer said of his new role.

Shearer said since the unit came to the Plateau in 1994, soldiers from the Buckley Armory have been deployed to more than 20 countries throughout the world.

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