Military unit deactivated after 90 years in service

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SALT LAKE CITY -- After more than 90 years in service, the largest unit at Fort Douglas has been deactivated.

The 96th Regional Readiness Command was activated in 1918 and has been headquartered in Utah since 1962. In 2005 the Army decided to shut down the unit and several others.

Saturday Lt. Governor Gary Herbert said, "We are a better state, a more patriotic state, a state that has a greater appreciation for love of country because of the presence of the 96th."

Also Saturday, the unit's leader, Maj. Gen. Peter Cooke officially retired. Cooke's military career spans 38 years. He has led the 96th Command since 2005.

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