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The Army's top operations officer has been nominated to be the service's next vice chief of staff, the Defense Department announced Monday.
Lt. Gen. John F. Campbell, a former commander of the 101st Airborne Division and currently the deputy chief of staff for operations (G-3), has been nominated to succeed Gen. Lloyd Austin.
Austin has been nominated to lead Central Command. Austin will face a confirmation hearing Friday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Campbell's nomination comes at a critical time for the Army as it faces a budget crisis, a massive draw down and reshaping of the force, and the challenges of transitioning from more than a decade of war.
DoD also announced Monday that Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general of Army Central Command/Third U.S. Army, has been nominated to lead U.S. Army Pacific.
If confirmed, Brooks will be the first four-star commander of USARPAC, which until now has been led by a three-star general.
All these nominations must be confirmed by the Senate.