Here’s a DoD Press Release from this afternoon that impacts the highest-profile military justice case currently pending in the US–

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has made the following nominations:

Army Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, for appointment to the rank of general and assignment as commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va. Cone is currently serving as commanding general, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas.

Army Maj. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as commanding general, III Corps and Fort Hood, Fort Hood, Texas. Campbell most recently served as commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

As Cone was the general court-martial convening authority for the Hasan mass murder case at Ft. Hood, it will be interesting to see whether he refers the case to court-martial before relinquishing command or if Campbell will make the decision.

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