Maj. Gen. Sean MacFarland is slated to take command of III Corps and Fort Hood as early as next month, according to an online statement from Fort Bliss.

MacFarland is the commander of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. His third star was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, as was the promotion of current Fort Hood commander, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley.

The Defense Department has yet to release an official statement on this assignment.

“I am truly humbled to have been confirmed for appointment to (lieutenant general) and assignment as the III Corps commander at (Fort) Hood,” MacFarland said in the online release. This will be his first assignment at “The Great Place,” with much of his career between Germany and Fort Bliss. A command-change ceremony is set for Aug. 5.

MacFarland was commissioned in 1981 upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards include three Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars and six Meritorious Service Medals.

No official announcement of Milley’s new assignment has been released, nor has a change of command date at Fort Hood. There is speculation Milley will lead U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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