The commander of V Corps, Lt. Gen. James D. Thurman, has been nominated to become deputy chief of staff of the Army, G-3/5/7, and will be replaced in Heidelberg by Maj. Gen. Kenneth W. Hunzeker, the Pentagon said late Wednesday.

Thurman has been commander of V Corps only since January of this year; his nomination must be confirmed by the Senate before it becomes official.

“During his command, Thurman used his experience gained during command in Iraq to improve readiness and training of deployed units,” V Corps officials said in a news release issued Thursday.

In this position, Thurman’s responsibilities will include overall force development, and individual and unit training policy. He also will serve as the principal adviser to the Army chief of staff on National Security Council matters, according to a V Corps news release.

Before commanding V Corps, Thurman commanded the 4th Infantry Division, which spent a year in Iraq during 2006.

Hunzeker has been nominated for a third star and will come to V Corps from his current position as commander of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. That command plays a key role in training new Iraqi security forces.

Hunzeker has held several posts in Germany during his career, most recently serving as the 1st Infantry Division commander from June 2005 to July 2006. He also served as the commander of the 1st ID’s Division Artillery from July 1997 to July 1999.

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