Aussie general gets senior post at US Army Pacific

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Associated Press

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 9:32 PM

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (AP) — Army Secretary John McHugh says an Australian two-star general will become a deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific, which oversees most American soldiers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Maj. Gen. Richard Maxwell Burr of the Australian Defense Force will direct training and supervise the command's efforts to work with countries in south Asia, plus Australia and New Zealand.

McHugh told reporters Monday the appointment is an extension of previous cooperation between Australia and the United States.

Burr will join Maj. Gen. Roger Matthews and two others as a U.S. Army Pacific deputy commanding general. He says Burr gives U.S. Army Pacific a regional expert who understands the intricacies of dealing with American allies.

Burr will report to Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, a three-star general and U.S. Army Pacific's top commander.

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