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The one-star general who took command of an Army logistics unit in Daegu, South Korea, in October will move to a new assignment in Hawaii, the Army announced Friday.

Brig. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, commanding general of the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) will become commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Capt. Seuk-hwan Son, 19th ESC spokesman, said Friday.

Mason assumed command in Daegu on Oct. 25, Son said. Recent previous commanders of the unit have served two-year assignments and Son was unable to say why Mason’s tour is to be shorter than normal. The only thing he could say Friday is that Mason is considered promotable to major general.

Replacing Mason as commanding general of the 19th ESC will be Col. Xavier P. Lobeto, assistant deputy chief of staff for strategy and integration at the Pentagon. Lobeto is slated for promotion to brigadier general.

Son said no date has been set for a change-of-command ceremony.

DOD nominates Osan officer for promotion

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An Air Force officer serving at Osan Air Base in South Korea has been nominated for promotion to brigadier general, the Defense Department has announced.

Col. Michael A. Keltz recently became commander of the 7th Air Force Air and Space Operations Center at Osan Air Base, 48 miles south of Korea’s Demilitarized Zone.

Keltz has a special operations background and is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours. More than 300 of those were in combat and contingency operations in Grenada, El Salvador, Panama, Sierra Leone, and operations Desert Storm and Provide Comfort. He has held command positions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Keltz graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981 and from the Air War College in 2001. He holds masters degrees in political science and national security strategy.

He was one of numerous U.S. military officers nominated for promotion to brigadier general by the president, the Defense Department said.

Realignment legislation moves ahead in Japan

TOKYO — Japan’s Lower House of the Diet on Friday passed a bill meant to realign U.S. forces in Japan, another step in a long line of planning between the two countries.

The bill offers money to local Japanese governments that host U.S. military bases, though the money is conditional on each locality’s cooperation with the overall realignment plan.

The upper house of the Diet will now consider the plan. No date had been set for that vote as of Friday.


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