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A pair of Army generals who recently served in Iraq have been nominated by President Barack Obama for new assignments, with one receiving a promotion to lieutenant general, according to a Defense Department news release.

In the case of Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick, the president nominated him for reappointment to his current rank and tabbed him for a new job: commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Helmick had been in charge of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq since July 2008. As head of MNSTC-I, Helmick oversaw the organizing, training and equipping of Iraqi forces. Prior to that, Helmick commanded the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy.

The Defense Department also announced that Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling has been nominated for a third star. Hertling was in charge of Multi-National Division-North from October 2007 to December 2008, while also serving as commander of the 1st Armored Division, headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Hertling left Europe in mid-May for Fort Monroe, Va. For the past three months, Hertling has served as a special assistant to Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who heads the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Hertling has focused on initial-entry training. A TRADOC spokesman identified Hertling as a deputy commander.


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