Defense Secretary Ash Carter is announcing that the general who heads his special operations forces will be nominated as the next commander for the Middle East.
Army Gen. Joseph Votel would take over leadership of U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State Group. He would succeed Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who is retiring.
Carter announced the decision at Central Command headquarters in Tampa, standing alongside Votel. He was in town to meet with his commanders about how the fight against IS will take shape this year.
Votel, 57, is a former commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment and a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He headed the secretive Joint Special Operations Command before taking over Special Operations Command in 2014.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Rudolf McGillvray says
I don’t give a hoot who the general is as long as we fight the war. And make the Pres keep his fingers out of day to day ops.
shirley long says
I ALREADY JUST DID
vincent marcantelli says
Look, the good General can be from the North side of heaven, but he still has to deal with Obama and that bunch, remember all of those other Generals and Admirals. This administration really has no respect for the military, so, all those high placed jobs are really temporary and that should not be forgotten!. But, General…….Good Luck, and don’t forget the [BEAR PIT]