Pentagon to Recommend Neller as Marine Chief

Lieutenant General Robert B. Neller
Lieutenant General Robert B. Neller

WASHINGTON -- Officials say Defense Secretary Ash Carter will recommend that Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, a commander who served in Iraq's western province during one of the most violent periods of the war, be named the next commandant of the Marine Corps.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the recommendation yet.

Neller was deputy commander in Anbar province from 2005-2007. That region has again taken on key importance in the current battle against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Neller also was director for worldwide military operations on the Joint Staff from 2011-2012 and last year was named head of Marine Corps Forces command.

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