Obama Picks Ex-NATO SACT To Head Central Command
Jul 21, 2010 19:45 PDT
U.S. Department of Defense
American Forces Press Service
July 21, 2010
Obama Picks Mattis for Central Command Post
-Mattis will have responsibility for operations from Pakistan to Egypt and =
Oman to Kazakhstan. He would be the combatant commander for the wars in Ira=
q and Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Gen. James N.=
Mattis to serve as commander, U.S. Central Command, according to a Defense=
Department news release issued today.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recommended Mattis for the job this month=
. If confirmed by the Senate, Mattis will succeed Army Gen. David H. Petrae=
us, who now commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Mattis currently is commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command based at Norfolk=
=E2=80=9CGeneral Mattis has proven to be one of the military's most innovat=
ive and iconoclastic thinkers,=E2=80=9D Gates said during a July 8 Pentagon=
news conference. =E2=80=9CHis insights into the nature of warfare in the 2=
1st century have influenced my own views about how the armed forces must be=
shaped and postured for the future.=E2=80=9D
U.S. Centcom is based in Tampa, Fla. If confirmed, Mattis will have respons=
ibility for operations from Pakistan to Egypt and Oman to Kazakhstan. He wo=
uld be the combatant commander for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mattis served as the commander of the Marine forces that were first in Afgh=
anistan in 2001. He also served as the commander of the 1st Marine Division=
during the initial push into Iraq in 2003. He left that job to serve as th=
e commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
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