Marine Gen. John Allen

Gen. Allen to Retire, Won't Lead European Command

Gen. John Allen

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he accepted Marine Gen. John Allen's request to retire rather than proceed with the White House's previous plan to make him commander of NATO forces in Europe. Allen, who earlier this month completed a 19-month stint as the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, requested retirem... more

Allen Investigation Focuses on 70 Emails

Marine Gen. John Allen, the allied commander in Afghanistan, has delivered his long-delayed – but only partial – recommendations for winding down the war to the White House and the Defense Department.

The investigation into Marine Gen. John R. Allen is now focused on 60-70 emails exchanged with Florida socialite Jill Kelley, a U.S. defense official said. The official told The New York Times the emails with Kelley might violate Defense Department policy and regulations or military law. While the two exchanged several hundred messages, only so... more

Allen's Emails Raise Questions in Post-Marine Role

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Retired Marine Gen. John Allen has emerged as a key Obama administration adviser on the stalled Mideast peace talks even as a Congresswoman pressed the Pentagon for a more thorough vetting of Allen's emails with a key figure in the David Petraeus scandal. "The matter, as far as we're concerned, is closed," Pentagon chief spokesman George Little... more

Breedlove in Line for Top NATO Post

Gen. Philip Breedlove, right, shown shaking hands with Master Sgt. Dennis Odom at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in 2012, is likely to be named to lead NATO, AP is reporting. Air Force photo: Robert Talenti

BRUSSELS - Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the top U.S. Air Force commander in Europe, is the likely choice to become commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, a senior NATO official said Thursday. The job opened up this week when President Barack Obama's first choice, Marine Gen. John Allen, announced he would retire after 19 months commandin... more

If Not Allen at EUCOM, Then Who?

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STUTTGART, Germany -- After months in limbo, Gen. John Allen appears to be on the fence about whether he wants one of most coveted jobs in the military: NATO supreme allied commander-Europe and chief of U.S. European Command. Allen, who recently relinquished command in Afghanistan, is apparently undecided about whether he wants NATO's top milit... more

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