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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced that Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become the next vice chief of staff of the U.S. army. The move, if confirmed by the Senate, would move the 4-star general to the second-highest uniformed position in the army.
Gen. Austin is now in command of U.S. forces in Iraq. He was previously director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.
Austin graduated with a bachelor's degree in science from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975. Later, he earned a master's degree in education from Auburn University and an M.B.A. from Webster University. Gen. Austin has served in command and staff assignments throughout his thirty-five-year career.
As assistant division commander for maneuver, the general valorously earned a Silver Star while leading the division's march to Baghdad in 2003. Five years later, he became the second highest ranking officer in Iraq, taking command of the Multinational Corps-Iraq and directing the operations of 152,000 joint and coalition forces. On September 1 2010 he became commanding general of US forces Iraq.
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