Afghanistan commander nominated for 3rd Army post at Shaw

jwilkinson@thestate.comApril 12, 2013 

Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, currently the commander of all U.S. combat forces in Afghanistan, has been nominated to head Army Central Command/Third Army, based at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter.

Terry, a Chatwsorth, Ga., native, was nominated by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for the Third Army post. He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Terry, a three-star general, will take over command from Gen. Vincent K. Brooks. Brooks was promoted March 7 to four-star general and was reassigned as commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Third Army, the logistics and planning arm of the U.S. Army in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, will announce a change of command date once Terry is confirmed.

Terry was born in Chatsworth, Ga. A 1978 ROTC graduate from North Georgia College commissioned in the Infantry, Terry has commanded at multiple levels across the Army.

Prior to his assignment as head of all U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Terry served as commanding general, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y., from September 2009 to November 2011 and was deployed as commander International Security Assistance Force; SAF Regional Command South from October 2010 to October 2011.

From August 2004 to February 2007, he served as deputy commanding general operations, 10th Mountain Division (Light), and deployed as a deputy commanding general for operations for Combined Joint Task Force 76, Afghanistan, from January 2006 to February 2007, with responsibilities in what is now Regional Commands East, South and Southwest.

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