New Commander for U.S. Forces Korea Named

      March 03, 2011 11:59

      General James Thurman

      General James Thurman has been nominated to replace Walter Sharp as commander of the U.S. Forces Korea. Thurman must undergo a Senate hearing and formal appointment by U.S. President Barack Obama before taking office in June or July.

      U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday announced his endorsement of Thurman, who presently oversees the manning, training and equipping of more than 700,000 soldiers as head of Army Forces Command, the largest organization within the U.S. army. Thurman previously served as a division commander in Iraq.

      Born in Oklahoma, he was Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, head of the Fourth Infantry Division and commander of V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany. He has ample experience in battlefield strategy overseeing Operation Iraqi Freedom. Although he has never been posted in Korea, his father apparently fought in the Korean War.

      Sharp, who was appointed commander of U.S. Forces in Korea in June 2008, will retire from military service.

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