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The command in charge of developing and mentoring Afghan security forces will be getting a new commander, the Pentagon said late Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Richard P. Formica has been tapped as the next commander of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. Formica is currently the director of force management in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, in Washington.

Formica will succeed Maj. Gen. Robert W. Cone, who has led the CSTC since July 2007.

On its Web site, the command describes its mission as planning, programming and implementing structural, organizational, institutional and management reforms of the Afghanistan National Security Forces in order to develop a stable Afghanistan; strengthening the rule of law; and deterring and defeating terrorism within its borders.

In another general officer assignment, the commander of the Army Corps of Engineers-Gulf Region Division received his next posting.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey J. Dorko has been named the next deputy commander for military and international operations for the corps in Washington.


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