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Fort Hood’s top general relinquishes command

By: Chris Cheng

FORT HOOD – Fort Hood and III Corps bid farewell to their commanding general, Wednesday, during a relinquishing of command ceremony on post.

Lt. General Donald M. Campbell Jr. handed over the position to Brigadier General James Richardson.

In his 19 months as leader of III Corps and Fort Hood, Campbell has championed suicide prevention and guided Fort Hood to the 2011 Army Community of Excellence Bronze Award and the 2012 Silver Award.

Richardson is currently serving as III Corps deputy commander and will assume responsibility of III Corps and Fort Hood until Campbell's replacement arrives.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama nominated Fort Drum Commanding General, Major General Mark Milley, to lead Fort Hood.

That nomination awaits approval from Congress and there is no timetable as to when Milley could be tapped.

Some think the approval could come soon due to the recent change of command at Fort Drum.

Congress confirmed Campbell for reappointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commanding general, U.S.

Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany, earlier this year.

That post is expected to come with its own challenges, as the Army's is expected to deactivate two infantry brigade combat teams stationed there.

So far in his 34 years of service, General Campbell has earned the Distinguished Service Medal with one Oak Leak Cluster, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal with "V"

Device, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Recruiter Badge.

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