Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez will retire from the U.S. Army on Nov. 1, a U.S. Army Europe official said Friday.

Sanchez, 55, has served in the Army for more than 33 years.

He will retire nearly two months after he relinquishes command of V Corps during a ceremony Wednesday on Heidelberg’s Campbell Barracks. During that time he will be on transitional leave, authorities said.

A successor had not been named.

“They’re going through the nomination process right now,” said a U.S. Army spokeswoman.

Lt. Gen. Pete Chiarelli, now commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, has been presumed to be the next V Corps commander.

Authorities would not comment on why Chiarelli was not being named V Corps commander.

Members of Chiarelli’s staff now in Iraq — who, like their boss, have spouses and household goods in Heidelberg — said that what the next move was remained unclear.

Chiarelli, formerly commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, took V Corps’ headquarters with him in December when he went to Baghdad. But he wasn’t named V Corps commander because Sanchez still held that position. Sanchez has been V Corps commander longer than any other in the corps’ 88-year history.

Chiarelli’s duties as Multi-National Corps-Iraq commander are expected to end in December, when Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno succeeds him with III Corps.

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Nancy is an Italy-based reporter for Stars and Stripes who writes about military health, legal and social issues. An upstate New York native who served three years in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University of Arizona, she previously worked at The Anchorage Daily News and The Seattle Times. Over her nearly 40-year journalism career she’s won several regional and national awards for her stories and was part of a newsroom-wide team at the Anchorage Daily News that was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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