Obama taps LTG Campbell for vice chief of Army

As FP National Security first reported he would back in December, President Obama today nominated Lt. Gen. John F. Campbell to receive his fourth star and become the Army's second-highest ranking officer.

If confirmed, “J.C.” Campbell will succeed Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd Austin. Obama has nominated Austin to become the next head of Central Command, replacing Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis.

Campbell, a graduate of West Point’s class of 1979, came to public attention as a blunt-talking 2-star commander of international forces in eastern Afghanistan. He was nominated in November to take over U.S. Forces Command from Gen. David Rodriguez. But a month later, FP National Security learned Campbell would replace Austin -- a move that positions him for a potential slot on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The vice chief job will give Campbell experience in Washington as a day-to-day manager of the force -- a very different job than serving as a combatant commander.

“Considered affable and genuine, Campbell is well regarded across both the Army and the military's joint world for his acumen as a war commander steeped in battlefield strategy and operations,” wrote Gordon Lubold, of FP’s Situation Report, in December.

Austin’s confirmation hearing is set for 10:00 am on Thursday, alongside Rodriguez, who was tapped to take over Africa Command from Gen. Carter Ham.

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