It is imperative that we continue to transition security responsibilities to the IraqisCaution urged for Iraqi operation handoff Oct 03, 2007
Violence throughout the country has dropped to a level not even seen before the first bombing of the Golden Mosque in 2006Caution urged for Iraqi operation handoff Oct 03, 2007
With many of its top leaders eliminated, the remaining al-Qaida in Iraq leadership is increasingly being forced away from BaghdadCaution urged for Iraqi operation handoff Oct 03, 2007
Raymond T. Odierno (pronounced /oʊdiˈɛərnoʊ/; born September 8, 1954) is a United States Army General who is the Commander, United States Joint Forces Command. President of the United States Barack Obama nominated him from outside the White House in a live televised media event on 30 May 2011 to succeed General Martin Dempsey (whom he nominated as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) as the next Army Chief of Staff pending United States Senate confirmation later this year. 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.
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. He assumed his current assignment on October 29, 2010.
He has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the next Army Chief of Staff.