Odierno Set to Leave Iraq
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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