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Odierno to take over Joint Forces Command

May. 24, 2010 - 03:42PM   |   Last Updated: May. 24, 2010 - 03:42PM  |  
Army Gen. Ray Odierno has been the top U.S. commander in Iraq since September 2008.
Army Gen. Ray Odierno has been the top U.S. commander in Iraq since September 2008. (FILE PHOTO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander in Iraq, has been nominated to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, officials announced Monday.

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Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander in Iraq, has been nominated to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, officials announced Monday.

Odierno has commanded U.S. Forces-Iraq since September 2008.

The announcement comes just one week after Defense Department officials announced that Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin has been nominated for a fourth star and to succeed Odierno.

Both nominations must be confirmed by the Senate.

In a statement, Odierno said: "I am proud of the progress we have made in Iraq and enjoy every day that I have the opportunity to work with the young men and women of our armed forces. I remain committed to our mission here in Iraq. While the timeline for my departure is yet to be determined, I am honored that Secretary Gates and President Obama have nominated me to lead Joint Forces Command."

If Odierno is confirmed by the Senate, he will succeed Marine Gen. James Mattis.

Joint Forces Command, located in Norfolk, Va., oversees more than 1.16 million men and women and is responsible for, among other things, training and providing forces from all services to commanders around the world.

Odierno assumed command of U.S. Forces-Iraq on Sept. 16, 2008, after commanding the Army's III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.

He returned to Iraq to become the top commander there less than seven months after a 15-month deployment with III Corps, where he served as commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

In that job, Odierno oversaw the day-to-day operations of coalition troops in Iraq and was the operational architect of the surge of troops there in 2007.

He is noted for being one of few Army generals in history to command a division, corps and entire theater in the same conflict.

Other general-officer announcements from DoD on Monday:

* Army Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, to commandant, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. He most recently served as commanding general, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

* Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, commander, 359th Signal Brigade, Fort Gordon, Ga., to deputy chief of staff, C-6, Coalition Forces Land Component Command/commander, 335th Theater Signal Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.

* Army Brig. Gen. Heidi V. Brown, deputy commanding general (sustainment), I Corps and Fort Lewis, Fort Lewis, Wash., to director of integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, Army, Washington, D.C.

* Army Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray, deputy commanding general, Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, Va., to deputy director of Operations and Facilities Headquarters, Installation Management Command, San Antonio.

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