Fort Hood: U.S. Senate Confirms Post’s Next Commander

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment and promotion of Fort Hood’s next commander.

Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley (U.S. Army photo)

FORT HOOD (December 4, 2012)—The U.S. Senate has approved the appointment of Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum in New York, to succeed Lt. Gen. Don M. Campbell, Jr. as commander of III Corps and Fort Hood.

Milley will assume command on Dec. 20 and will be promoted to lieutenant general on the same day.

The Defense Department announced in June that Campbell has been named commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army in Germany.

Milley is a 1980 graduate of Princeton University who was commissioned through the ROTC.

His initial assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division and later the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

Before assuming command of Fort Drum, he served as the Joint Staff's Deputy Director for Regional Operations at the Pentagon.

His deployments include tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Haiti.

Campbell was picked to command III Corps and Fort Hood in March 2011 after he turned over command of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox to Maj. Gen David L. Mann.

He assumed the Fort Knox command in May 2009 after serving as commanding general of the U.S. Army Center and Fort Knox.

Campbell was commissioned an armor officer in May 1978

Among his subsequent assignments was command of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade in June 2001.

He later served as the division’s chief of staff until June 2004.

He joined U.S. Army Recruiting Command as deputy-commanding general-west from July 2004 to May 2005 and in June 2006 became chief of staff of V Corps.

In July 2007 he became deputy-commanding general of I Corps.

As commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, he succeeded Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone who was assigned as commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.

Cone assumed command of Fort Hood in late September 2009 after serving as special assistant to the commanding general at the Training and Doctrine Command, succeeding Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, who in turn succeeded Lt.. Gen. Raymond Odierno, who now serves as Army chief of staff.

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