Lt. Gen. Allyn tapped to get 4th star, head Forces Command
By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Published: April 13, 2013
Fort Bragg's commander is taking a new post, but he won't have to move far.
Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn was selected for appointment to the rank of four-star general and to become commanding general of Forces Command, which is based at Fort Bragg.
The appointment requires congressional approval.
Allyn, the commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, has been in his current post since June 2012.
A native of Berwick, Maine, and a 1981 graduate of West Point, Allyn has commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He will replace Gen. David Rodriguez, who was introduced last week as the new head of U.S. Africa Command.
Forces Command is tasked with preparing conventional forces for combat.
It oversees more than 288,000 active-duty soldiers and about 565,000 soldiers in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard, a command spokesman said Thursday.
The command also employs 3,500 Department of the Army civilians. The headquarters on Fort Bragg, co-located with Army Reserve Command headquarters, includes more than 2,400 soldiers, civilians and contractors.
Allyn also has previously served as 18th Airborne Corps chief of staff and had two tours with the 82nd Airborne Division.
He has deployed to Grenada, the Sinai Peninsula, Panama, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.