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Farewell to Brigadier General Matthew Baker and welcomed Brigadier General James Kokaska

Fort Leonard Wood)—-102nd Training Division-Maneuver Support at Fort Leonard Wood said farewell to Brigadier General Matthew Baker and welcomed Brigadier General James Kokaska during a change-of-command ceremony this past Saturday. Kokaska took command of a U.S. Army Reserve organization that includes skill sets such as engineers, military police, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense, military intelligence, signal corps, civil affairs, and psychological operations. Kokaska is a native of Chicago, Illinois. As a civilian, he is a central regional director for a Chicago area healthcare organization. Baker commanded the 102nd Training Division since June 2019. He led the organization through changes to ensure Soldiers were able to continue training in a COVID environment. The 102nd Training Division-MS is a generating force executing the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command foundational capabilities of building and improving readiness by providing mission-critical, combat-ready Soldiers to the Army and Joint Warfighter that are trained, competent, lethal and globally responsive to deter conflicts, protect national interests and win the nation’s wars.


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