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Pentagon names Allyn to succeed Rodriguez at FORSCOM

After a slight delay, the Pentagon has named Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn to succeed Gen. David Rodriguez as commander of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM).  Allyn has been commander of Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, and the XVIIIth Airborne Division for less than a year, since last June. FORSCOM, the Army’s largest command, is ...

U.S. Army photo
U.S. Army photo

After a slight delay, the Pentagon has named Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn to succeed Gen. David Rodriguez as commander of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). 

Allyn has been commander of Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, and the XVIIIth Airborne Division for less than a year, since last June. FORSCOM, the Army’s largest command, is responsible for training and mobilizing soldiers worldwide and is also headquartered at Bragg. Allyn previously was a commander of Afghansitan’s Regional Command-East.

Rodriguez commanded FORSCOM just one year before getting the seemingly inevitable call up to the majors to become a U.S. combatant commander.  In October, President Obama tapped Rodriguez to lead one of the Pentagon’s most important rising units, Africa Command (AFRICOM). “General Rod” is one of the most well-known generals in the military for his long service as the second-ranking officer in command of the Afghanistan war, where he ran day-to-day operations.

He was senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates before being tapped as the top war deputy to Gen. Stanley McChrystal and then Gen. David Petraeus. The Pentagon rewarded his service with a fourth-star and the command stateside at Bragg, starting in September 2011.

Rodriguez relinquished command of FORSCOM on March 19 with no successor yet named. FORSCOM’s deputy commander, Lt. Gen. William B. Garrett III, has served as acting commander ever since.

Rodriguez took command of AFRICOM from retiring Gen. Carter Ham on April 5.

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