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Three appointments affecting Mideast operations have been announced by the Pentagon.

Maj. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, deputy chief of staff for strategic operations (C-3) with Multi-National Force–Iraq, has been assigned commanding general of Fort Benning, Ga., and the U.S. Army Infantry Center as well as commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School there, according to a release issued Friday.

Replacing Barbero is Maj. Gen. Guy C. Swan II, director of operations (J-3) for the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

Meanwhile, Brig Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi has been assigned deputy commander general of programs for Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. He has served as commander of Joint Task Force North, U.S. Northern Command in Fort Bliss, Texas.

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