Ray Odierno to replace him as head of U.S.'s military operations in Iraq
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WASHINGTON - Gen. David Petraeus, the four-star general who has been leading troops in Iraq, has been tapped to become the next commander of U.S. Central Command, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Navy Adm. William Fallon, who stepped down in March.
Taking Petraeus' position as the senior commander in Iraq would be Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, who had until recently been serving as Petraeus' deputy.
I think that we've all seen this one coming...
Camp New Jersey, Kuwait (March 21, 2003)—Major General David H. Petraeus
In June 2004, less than six months after the 101st returned to the U.S., Petraeus was promoted to lieutenant general and became the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq. This newly-created command had responsibility for training, equipping, and mentoring Iraq's growing Army, Police, and other security forces as well as developing Iraq's security institutions and building associated infrastructure, such as training bases, police stations, and border forts.
In January 2007, as part of his overhauled Iraq strategy, President George W. Bush announced that Petraeus would succeed Gen. George Casey as commanding general of MNF-I to lead all U.S. troops in Iraq.
General Patraeus recieved his fourth star at this time compliments of George Bu$h.