Biden picks Michael Corella to lead Centcom

US President Joe Biden has chosen General Michael Corella to lead US operations in the Middle East, as announced by the US Department of Defense (Pentagon).

If the Senate approves his appointment, the paratroopers general will take command of the US Army’s Central Command (Centcom), succeeding General in the Marines (Marines) Kenneth Mackenzie. Centcom supervises military operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

According to the official biography of General Corella, 55, he currently commands the Eighteenth Airborne Corps, which includes at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the largest part of the United States’ ground intervention forces.

Corella is a graduate of West Point Military Academy and has fought mainly in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, where he was seriously wounded by bullets during an attack in Mosul in 2005.

He also held responsibilities in the US Army General Staff and commanded the prestigious 82nd Parachute Division, known for its participation in the Normandy landings in 1944.

The US Army is organized into five geographical commands, such as: AFRICOM in Africa, and Yucom for Europe. The army is also organized according to specializations, such as: Strategic Command (Stratcom), which is responsible for the country’s nuclear armament, or Spacecom, which is responsible for space.

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