STUTTGART, Germany — Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank Kisner is expected to be named commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, it was announced Friday at a ceremony in Stuttgart.

Kisner would replace Navy Rear Adm. William McRaven, who was named commander, Joint Special Operations Command, and commander, Joint Special Operations Command Forward, U.S. Special Operations Command, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Kisner is currently the director of the Center for Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments at the headquarters for U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

As SOCEUR commander, Kisner would be in charge of U.S. special operations forces in a 93-country area of responsibility in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Repass, the SOCEUR deputy commander, will head the command until Kisner’s arrival, which has not been set.

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