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ARLINGTON, Va. — Army Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., one of the top U.S. military leaders in Iraq, has been tapped to receive a third star and take the post of commanding general, Eighth U.S. Army/chief of staff, U.N. Command/Combined Forces Command/U.N. Forces Korea, the Pentagon announced Friday.

If Fil’s nomination is approved by the Senate, he will replace Army Lt. Gen. David Valcourt in the triple-hatted post.

The Seoul-based job would mark Fil’s first military assignment in the Pacific Rim, although he has served repeatedly overseas, particularly in Germany.

Fil’s first Army assignment was in Germany, as a second lieutenant in 1977 with 2nd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army.

Fil is no stranger to jobs that come with multiple hats: not only is he commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, which is based at Camp Liberty in Baghdad; but he also is leader of all U.S. forces in that city, as head of Multi-National Division–Baghdad.

Fil’s current deployment, which is now ending after 15 months, marks the second time he has participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his third assignment in the Middle East. His first turn there was as logistics officer for the 1st Armored Division’s 3rd Brigade during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990.

In September 2004, Fil began a 12-month tour as commanding general of the Multi-National Security Transition Comman–Iraq Civilian Police Assistance Training Team.


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