FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- After being appointed to Army Vice Chief of Staff just this past summer, a former 10th Mountain Division Commander is being nominated to become the next commander of U.S. Central Command.
The Secretary of Defense announced Thursday that President Barack Obama plans to nominate General Lloyd Austin the Third for the CENTCOM position. General Austin earned a silver star for valor for leading the 3rd Infantry Division in the beginning of the Iraq War. He also commanded Fort Drum from September 2003 to August 2005.
Austin was promoted to Vice Chief of Staff after commanding the U.S. Forces in 2010 and 2011.
If appointed, he would succeed General James Mattis who is currently serving as CENTCOM commander.