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Mideast edition, Thursday, September 13, 2007

The head of I Marine Expeditionary Force has been nominated for a new post.

Lt. Gen. James M. Mattis, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, is expected to be promoted to full general and assume command of U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

NATO has also agreed to appoint Mattis as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, a Defense Department news release said.

Mattis has commanded Marines in Afghanistan and in Iraq, during the initial invasion and both battles of Fallujah. As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

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