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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