Army Maj. Gen. Robert Brown, who led Fort Lewis’ second Stryker brigade into combat in Iraq in 2004-05, has been nominated to command Joint Base Lewis-McChord and I Corps, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
Brown, who is in line to be promoted to lieutenant general, would succeed Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who took command of the base in October 2010 but then deployed to Afghanistan in July to become the No. 2 commander of that war.
The Army had lined up a new job for Scaparrotti upon his return. He has been nominated as director of the Joint Staff, which would have him have him working for the nation’s top military officer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Maj. Gen. Lloyd Miles is Lewis-McChord’s acting commander during Scaparrotti’s absence.
Brown is currently commanding the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning in Georgia.
He led the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Brigade based at Fort Lewis as a colonel. The Army renamed and moved the unit to Germany in 2006.
Brown would lead the largest military installation on the West Coast with more than 40,000 soldiers and airmen. The base has made international headlines during the past week as the home station for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians.
Brown’s new assignment and promotion is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
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