Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard F. Natonski has been nominated for a third star and for the assignment of deputy commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations.

Natonski, commander of the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif., made headlines in April when he fired a battalion commander and two company commanders amid an investigation into whether Marines from the battalion killed Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November.

Natonski has served as commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Iraq. He led the efforts to retake the city of Fallujah from insurgents in 2004.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced the nomination Monday.

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