Archive for Thursday, July 28, 2005

Fort to get new commander

July 28, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: July 28, 2005, 11:18 a.m.

The U.S. Army commander in charge of assisting the Iraqi government in training and equipping Iraq's security forces is in line to be the next commander at Fort Leavenworth.

President Bush has nominated Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army, for assignment as commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Petraeus is currently serving as the commander, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.

He'll replace Lt. Gen. William S. Wallace, who has been nominated to the rank of general and assignment as commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va.

Janey Wray, the public information officer at Fort Leavenworth, said her office had not yet received information about when the change in leadership would take place

Petraeus assumed command of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq in May 2004.

He was commissioned in 1974 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

According to a biography made available by the Army, some of Petraeus' assignments before assuming command of the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq include: commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); assistant chief of staff for operations of the NATO-led Stabilization Force and deputy commander of the U.S. Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; chief of staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.; acting commanding general of the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; and commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force-Kuwait. He also has been an executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus has been nominated by President Bush for assignment as commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.

Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus has been nominated by President Bush for assignment as commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.

Petraeus attended the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and was a Senior Service College Fellow at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He has a master's degree and a Ph.D. in international relations from Princeton University.

Among his decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters).

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