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Former Commanding General of the 101st chosen as next Afghanistan commander

Former Commanding General of the 101st chosen as next Afghanistan commander

Army Gen. John F. Campbell, currently vice chief of staff of the Army, is the president’s choice to command NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan./Department of Defense

By American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The former commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division has been tapped to command NATO’s International Security Force in Afghanistan.

Army Gen. John F. Campbell, currently vice chief of staff of the Army, is the president’s choice to command NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. If confirmed by the Senate, Campbell will likely be the final U.S. commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan. Combat operations are scheduled to end on Dec. 31.

The president has also nominated Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, currently commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to be commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr.

The president has chosen Army Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, currently commander of Joint Special Operations Command, to receive his fourth star and to serve as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. If confirmed, he would succeed Navy Adm. William H. McRaven.

“All three are highly qualified officers who have devoted many years of service to their country,” Hagel said in a statement announcing the nominations. If confirmed, he added, they will be “outstanding successors” to Jacoby, Dunford, and McRaven, “who have all been exemplary and highly effective commanders.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, “I join the president in thanking all these leaders for what they have done and will continue to do for both our nation and our men and women in uniform.