Odierno Set to Leave Iraq

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

The AP reports that Gen. Ray Odierno, who’s been commanding U.S. Forces-Iraq since mid-2008, when it was called Multinational Force-Iraq, will be succeeded by Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, who used to helm the corps-level command in that war. Odierno will go to the Joint Forces Command, the equivalent of a regional-level command (so he’ll be promoted.) That raises the question of whether the highly-regarded Marine Gen. James Mattis, the current JFCOM commander, will receive a new job — and there don’t appear to be many open that would constitute a promotion, like Marine Commandant — or retire from military service.

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JasonSigger
Comment posted April 14, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

I would respectfully disagree on your terminology. Odierno's going to a COCOM, that's still a four-star billet, so it's not a promotion. And one might say that he will gain some degree of influence, but it's JFCOM, not a geographic command. As for Matthis, count on the retirement, that's at least the traditional way to go after a COCOM position (unless you're a Gen. Jimmie Jones kinda guy).


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