We work very carefully with the Iraqi security forces and we have several different contingency plans for supportU.S. unlikely to resume Iraq combat role Aug 22, 2010
We have ups and downs here. As I step back, having been here since the dark days of 2006 and '07 to where we are today, what I see is a broad change in the security environment here in IraqGeneral: Iraq ready to take over security Aug 08, 2010
It's clear that al-Qaida and other groups do not want the elections to occurOdierno: Violence may alter Iraq pullout Oct 20, 2009
For the last 20 months, we've been slowly and deliberately turning over more and more responsibility to (Iraqi forces) and they have stepped upGeneral: Iraq ready to take over security Aug 08, 2010
Within this trilateral framework, the United States is working with the government of Turkey and the government of Iraq to ensure cross-border security and an end to PKK terrorismOdierno holds meetings on PKK in Turkey Feb 03, 2010
Raymond T. Odierno (pronounced /oʊdiˈɛərnoʊ/; born September 8, 1954) is a United States Army general and the 38th and current Chief of Staff of the Army. Odierno most recently commanded United States Joint Forces Command from October 2010 until its disestablishment in August 2011. He served as Commanding General, United States Forces – Iraq and its predecessor, Multi-National Force – Iraq, from September 2008 through September 2010. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General, III Corps, from May 2006 to May 2008. General Odierno is the twelfth American military officer to command at the Division, Corps, and Army level during the same conflict and only the second to have this honor since the Vietnam War. He assumed his current assignment on September 7, 2011.
Prior to commanding III Corps, he served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, where he was the primary military advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 3 November 2004 to 1 May 2006.
Odierno grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey, where he attended Morris Hills High School, followed by the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in June 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He later received a Master of Science degree in nuclear effects engineering from the North Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree national security and strategy from the Naval War College. In December 2010 he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from North Carolina State University. General Odierno is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.