General Assignments to Affect Fort Bragg


The Army's latest round of new general officer assignments will have an impact on Fort Bragg.

The announcement from last month impacts three positions on post, and includes several other generals with Fort Bragg ties.

The local moves include the departure of a U.S. Army Forces Command general, a new deputy for 1st Special Forces Command and a brigade commander moving to a higher position elsewhere on post.

Maj. Gen. Robert P. White, the deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7 at Forces Command, will leave to become commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas.

White has been with Forces Command since September.

Brig. Gen. Edwin J. Deedrick Jr. will move to Fort Bragg from Korea, where he is commander of Special Operations Command-Korea.

Deedrick will become deputy commanding general for the 1st Special Forces Command.

Col. Michael J. Talley, commander of the 44th Medical Brigade at Fort Bragg, will move to Forces Command to serve as command surgeon for the four-star unit.

The move across post will come with a promotion for Talley, who is due to become a one-star general.

Talley previously served in the 18th Airborne Corps headquarters and within the 261st Medical Battalion at Fort Bragg.

Other general assignments with Fort Bragg ties that do not include current Bragg positions include:

Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, will become chief of staff for U.S. Africa Command in Germany.

Cloutier previously served as operations officer at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.

Maj. Gen. Christopher K. Haas, director of force management and development for U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, will become deputy chief of staff of operations for Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization/U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

Haas has held several positions on Fort Bragg. He commanded the 3rd Special Forces Group, leading the organization during a tour as the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force -- Afghanistan, then later served as commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and deputy commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Brig. Gen. Willard M. Burleson III, director of the Mission Command Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, will become senior advisor to the ministry of defense for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

As a major, Burleson served in the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying to Kosovo and Afghanistan, and also served as aide to the commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, commanding general of the Joint Multinational Training Command in Germany, will become commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Cavoli is a former deputy commanding general for operations for the 82nd Airborne Division.

Brig. Gen. Douglas C. Crissman, deputy commanding general for support of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, will become deputy commanding general of the United Kingdom's 3rd Division.

Crissman is a former company commander within the 82nd Airborne, deploying with his company to the Sinai Peninsula for peacekeeping efforts.

Col. John S. Laskodi, director for strategic logistics integration (G-45/7) in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, for the Army, will become commander of Defense Logistics Agency-Distribution for the Defense Logistics Agency in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

Laskodi, who will soon be promoted to one-star general, is a past commander of the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, having led the unit during a deployment to Afghanistan.

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