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Marine general at Camp Pendleton, just back from Afghanistan, gets promotion

May 4, 2011 |  8:31 am


A Marine general recently returned to Camp Pendleton after a year as the top Marine in Afghanistan is being promoted and named as deputy commandant, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Richard Mills has been selected by President Obama to be promoted to lieutenant general and to serve as deputy commandant for combat development and integration. Mills will also assume several related jobs, including commander of the Marine Forces Cyber Command.

Mills was the commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in Afghanistan for a year, with 20,000 Marines under his authority. During that year, Marines battled Taliban fighters for control of areas in Helmand province, long a stronghold of the Taliban and the narcotics cartel.


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Photo: Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Mills, right. Credit: Associated Press