For the first time in U.S. Army Pacific’s history, an allied Army General will assume one of its highest positions as the Pentagon shifts its focus to Asia and builds alliances in the region.
Australian Major-General Rick Burns will join the U.S. Army’s Pacific Command on November 4 as Deputy Commanding-General for operations.
This was announced by U.S. Army Lt-Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski during a conference call with journalists in Washington on Monday.
Foreign officers hold senior posts in U.S. military commands in Europe and Afghanistan, but Gen. Burns will be the first in Army Pacific.
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