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Terry Leonard has been named the new top editor at Stars and Stripes.

Acting publisher Max Lederer announced Wednesday that Leonard had been selected as editorial director.

Leonard, who is currently the Southern Africa bureau chief for The Associated Press, replaces Dave Mazzarella, who retired as Stripes editor earlier this year and began his second stint as the newspaper’s ombudsman.

During his more than 30 years as a journalist, Leonard has covered the Gulf War and Somalia, Lederer said in a Wednesday e-mail to the Stripes staff.

“Terry brings to [Stars and Stripes] a seasoned journalist who has walked in the areas that are core to the journalism of S&S,” the e-mail stated.

Leonard is expected to start in December. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

He spent three years in the Army as a Special Forces medic from 1967 to 1970, according to his resume.

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