Gen. Petraeus could leave Leavenworth for Iraq command
Here are today's headlines about Kansas military matters:
Gen. David Petraeus
(New York Times) U.S. General Says Jobs and Services May Curb Iraq Violence: The appeal came from Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, who on Thursday will end a yearlong tour as operational commander of the 140,000 United States troops, the second highest-ranking American officer in Iraq. ... General Chiarelli, said by other senior officers to be among the candidates to succeed Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top United States commander in Iraq, early next year, gave a cagey endorsement to the study group's deadline. ... General Casey, who is 58, has been the overall commander for two and a half years, and is expected to leave before the summer, possibly sooner. In addition to General Chiarelli, two other three-star officers, Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, are also said to be in line to succeed him in what is now a four-star post here. Like General Chiarelli, the others have served as division commanders in Iraq, then returned for second tours, both as commanders of the multibillion-dollar program to train Iraq's new forces. General Petraeus now heads the army's Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. General Dempsey is the head of the training program in Baghdad.
(Stars and Stripes) 2nd ID ready for Warfighter simulation in South Korea: CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - Preparations kicked into high gear this week for the 2nd Infantry Division's Warfighter simulation, which begins Thursday. About 1,200 soldiers are participating in the large-scale computer war simulation, which pits 2nd ID against a "world-class enemy" in battle. Last month, 2nd ID held a similar Warpath exercise as a dry run in preparation for Thursday's test. Personnel from the Battle Command Training Program in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., will run the exercise.