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Military Faces a Sweeping Turnover Among Upper Commanders

Military Faces a Sweeping Turnover Among Upper Commanders by Gordon Lubold and Nancy A. Youssef – Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON - President Trump is expected to nominate a former operations officer who played a critical role in the 2011 raid targeting Osama bin Laden to head of the U.S. Special Operations Command as part of a series of military promotions in coming months, according to U.S. officials.

The changes, which include commanders for the Middle East and Europe, will mark the administration’s largest imprint on military leadership thus far. The personnel moves stand to affect top officers overseeing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. policy to counter Russia, the detention center on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as stealth operations globally.

Mr. Trump is expected to formally nominate Army Lt. Gen. Richard Clarke to head U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Fla., to succeed Army Gen. Tony Thomas, who is due to retire next year, the officials said. The Special Operations Command oversees highly trained, specialized forces of all the military branches, such as the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and others.

The White House is poised to make two other nominations to replace outgoing heads of regional combatant commands, several U.S. officials said…

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