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Marine general nominated to lead Central Command

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. for promotion to four-star classification and the appointment of the next commander of Central Command.

McKenzie is currently the director of the staff that supports the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If this is confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who has led Central Command since March, 2016.

Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida, is responsible for U.S. military operations in the greater Middle East, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

McKenzie is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a graduate of the Citadel, a military school in South Carolina. He has commanded the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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