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New leader for Shelby medical team

Camp Shelby's medical task force has a new leader.  Colonel James Boen was honored in a ceremony early Thursday where he was officially named the commander of Medical Task Force Shelby.  That position was previously held by Colonel Shirley Kyles.  Colonel Boen has logged almost 28 years of service in the national guard, active army, and the reserves.  He'll be in charge of medical screening and processing for all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines coming through Camp Shelby. 

Colonel Boen comes to the mobilization site from the 7307th Medical Exercise Battalion in San Antonio.

Thursday's change of command comes a little over a month after army officials confirmed they were investigating complaints against Colonel Kyles.  The allegations include claims of sexual misconduct, fraud, abuse, and deplorable working conditions.  Several top officials from the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia reported spent the last month at Shelby looking into the allegations. 

Officials say there was no controversy behind the change of command; they say it is routine to change command every 18-24 months.  

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