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Thomas Waldhauser, Camp Pendleton's top general, gets Pentagon post


The top general at Camp Pendleton is being promoted to senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser has been commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the Marine Corps Forces Central Command since mid-2010. He is expected to take the new post this summer, according to Monday's announcement. No successor has been named.

Waldhauser has commanded combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and taken a leadership role in promoting support programs for military families and for wounded and injured Marines and sailors.


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Photo: Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, center, at the opening of a concussion care center at Camp Leatherneck, the Marine base in Afghanistan. Credit: Marine Corps

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