The White House is expected to tap a three-star Marine Corps general to head the Pentagon’s Africa Command.
President Obama is expected to announce the nomination of Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser within the coming weeks, the Wall Stree Journal Reports.
If confirmed, Gen. Waldhauser be the only Marine officer to currently head up any of the U.S. military’s major combatant commands.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recommended Gen. Waldhauser to the White House as a replacement for current Africa Command chief Army Gen. David Rodriguez.
Gen. Waldhauser, who currently serves as the director for joint force development on the Joint Staff, held positions on the Joint Staff’s counterterrorism directorate. Prior to that, he commanded the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit during combat operations in southern Afghanistan.
His expected nomination comes as the United States has ramped up its counterterror operations against Africa-based extremist groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria, al Shabaab in Kenya and al Qaeda’s west African cell known as al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb.
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