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Odierno Selected to Lead U.S. Joint Forces Command

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010 – President Barack Obama has nominated Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the present commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, to head U.S. Joint Forces Command, Pentagon officials announced today.Video

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced that Obama has nominated Odierno for reappointment to the rank of four-star general and assignment as commander of Jfcom, based at Norfolk, Va.

Before assuming command of U.S. Forces Iraq in September 2008, Odierno was commanding general of U.S. Army III Corps, at which time he served a 15-month deployment as commanding general of Multinational Corps Iraq. At that time Odierno was the operational architect of the U.S. troop surge in Iraq that led to a dramatic decrease in violence there.

Odierno, a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is known as one of the few Army generals ever to command a division, corps and an entire theater-of-operations in the same conflict.

 

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5/24/2010 5:14:34 PM
OUTSTANDING CHOISE FOR THIS JOB HE HAS PAID HIS DUES FOR THIS JOB WISH HIM WELL AND GIVE THANKS TO THE MAN AND HIS SERVICE FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE.GOD SPEED TO HIM AND KEEP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS SAFE IN THIS FIGHT IN OR WITH THE BONEHEADS OF RADICAL ISLAM.TRUE ISLAM NO PROBLEMS WITH THE ONE'S WHO BELEAVE WHAT THEY DO BUT DON'T ACT LIKE THE ONE'S WHO HIDE BEHIND KIDS AND THERE MOTHERS WHEN THEY FIRE ON OUR PEOPLE..AND I GIVE THANKS FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THIS FIGHT
- Gary Frazier, Morgan City,La

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