White House select new Central Command leader

The White House has confirmed that it has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla to serve as the net leader of the nation’s Central Command.

Kurilla serves as the commander of the 18th Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He has been nominated to replace outgoing Central Command leader Gen. Frank McKenzie.

“While Lieutenant General Kurilla is honored by the nomination to serve as commander of US Central Command, he is not presuming confirmation and remains solely focused on his present responsibilities in command of the XVIII Airborne Corps,” Col. Joe Buccino, a spokesman for Kurilla said in a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Kurilla’s Background

“Kurilla, who is from Minnesota, served multiple tours in Afghanistan and in Iraq. Before that he participated in the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, the 1991 Gulf War and was stationed in Korea,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“He was wounded in the arm and leg while deployed in 2005 with the 1st Stryker Brigade in Mosul, Iraq,” the report added.

A Tumultuous Year

“If confirmed, Army Lt. Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla will replace Gen. Frank McKenzie,” the Washington Examiner tweeted.

“Kurilla will be walking into the role following a tumultuous year for Central Command, which includes most of the Middle East,” it added.

In the past week, the U.S. military has dealt with reports of air strikes in Syria. The actions add to a wide variety of issues over the first year of the Biden administration.

Kurilla’s career certainly includes a strong background in Middle East military service. Now his nomination will face lawmakers who address his credentials to serve in the prestigious post.

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