Dempsey nominated to take helm at USAREUR

By JEFFREY SCHOGOL | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 6, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. — Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey has been nominated to receive a fourth star and become the new commander of U.S. Army Europe, the Army announced Tuesday.

Since August, Dempsey has served as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command.

Dempsey, who needs to be confirmed by the Senate, would replace Gen. David McKiernan, who has been nominated to take command of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

No date has been announced on when Dempsey would assume his new post, said Army spokesman Paul Boyce.

In other news, Brig. Gen. Scott West, commanding general of 21st Theater Sustainment Command, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany, has been promoted to major general, the Army announced.

Whether he will stay in his current role or move on to another assignment has yet to be announced, Boyce said.

The Army also announced Tuesday that the No. 2 general officer in Iraq has been nominated to become the next Army vice chief of staff.

If confirmed by the Senate, Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno also would be promoted to full general, said Army spokeswoman Alison Bettencourt.

Odierno has overseen day-to-day operations in Iraq as head of Multi-National Corps — Iraq since May 2006. His deployment will end this month.

Odierno would replace current Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody, who is expected to remain in his position through mid-to-late summer, an Army news release said.

Cody’s future plans are still being determined, Bettencourt said.

In a statement included in the Army’s news release Tuesday, Cody said he congratulated Odierno on getting the nod.

“I’m not sure there’s a better job in the U.S. Army,” Cody said. “When you sit in this seat, you can get things done for soldiers. Our soldiers deserve nothing less from their leadership, and I will be working 24-7 for them, our civilians and their families until the day I leave.”

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