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Fort Drum general nominated to lead Fort Hood

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FORT DRUM — The post and 10th Mountain Division's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to lead Fort Hood, Texas, according to a Department of Defense press release issued Thursday afternoon.

Gen. Milley was nominated to lead the installation and its III Corps, along with a promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. The promotion and the assignment will require Senate confirmation.

Gen. Milley has led the post for about a year, arriving in November 2011. He assumed command of the division from then-Maj. Gen. James L. Terry.

Before commanding the division, Gen. Milley had led its 2nd Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in 2003 and to Iraq in 2004. He also served with the division during its mission in Haiti in the 1990s.

If he were to be confirmed, the assignment would be the first for Gen. Milley at the central Texas installation, near Killeen. No timetable has been announced for when he could be confirmed for the assignment.

Fort Hood's website lists the installation as the largest active-duty armored post in the U.S. armed services, hosting about 41,000 soldiers among two divisions and 12 additional units.

The installation and III Corps are led by Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., who was confirmed in July to become commanding general for U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany.

“Major General Milley is a proven combat leader and has successfully commanded at all levels,” Gen. Campbell said in a statement.

Limited details have been released on who will succeed Gen. Milley.

A release from the Department of the Army's General Officer Management Office in late September listed Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend for a transfer to Fort Drum. He is serving as director of the Pakistan and Afghanistan Coordination Cell Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

From 2000 to 2002, Gen. Townsend served on post as commander of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and he was the 10th Mountain Division's assistant chief of staff from June 2003 to July 2004. He also has served as deputy commanding general of operations for the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

No further information has been made public about Gen. Townsend's potential assignment since the initial release.

The post has had multiple top-level leadership positions change hands within the last 12 months.

Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the post's deputy commanding general of operations, was announced as commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and is scheduled to take the assignment in early 2013. In July, Col. Gary A. Rosenberg was introduced as the post's new garrison commander, replacing Col. Noel T. Nicolle.

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