By Iuliana Petre

Killeen Daily Herald

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced Wednesday that Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno is being nominated by President Bush to succeed Gen. David Petraeus as the Multinational Force-Iraq commander in Baghdad.

The III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs Office released a statement by Odierno saying: "It is an honor to be asked to serve the great soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of Multinational Force-Iraq."

"If confirmed by the Senate, I will return to Iraq focused on building upon the progress we've made in the past year. I'm not doing anything more than what so many of our brave troops have been asked to do. I go there with the realization that much work lies ahead but I know from first-hand experience that we have great leaders at all levels who are committed to our mission there," Odierno said.

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