Monday, July 12, 2010

South Georgian to be next 4-star general in charge of Iraq forces

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, a Thomasville native, will be the next four-star general in charge of forces in Iraq.

The former Fort Bragg commander's appointment and promotion to four-star general were confirmed by the Senate on Thursday. Austin replaces Gen. Ray Odierno, who will become commander of Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

Austin, 56, had been serving as director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon since leaving Fort Bragg in August as commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps.

The first African-American to command a corps in combat, Austin was awarded a Silver Star for his service as assistant division commander of the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2003.

He also spent 15 months as the head of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq from February 2008.

In that role, he was second in command to Gen. David Petraeus and oversaw operations for almost 160,000 people from more than 20 coalition countries. Insurgent attacks dropped 75 percent during his time there.

Also Friday, the Department of Defense announced the president's nominations for general officers. Army Col. David G. Fox, who served as garrison commander of Fort Bragg from 2006 to 2009, was nominated for promotion to brigadier general. Fox is serving as commander of Iraq Assistance Group, U.S. Forces-Iraq, Iraq.

The chief of staff of the Air Force announced Friday that Brig. Gen. Timothy M. Zadalis will be assigned to director of air plans, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, U. S. Forces-Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan.

As a colonel, Zadalis was commander of the 43rd Airlift Wing and Pope Air Force Base from 2006 to 2008.

1 comment:

Slyram said...

What a great service member and you got to think that Henry Flipper of Thomasville, the first Black West Point grad, must be smiling on the other side.

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