In the Military
Gregg K. Kakesako

Eikenberry takes
charge in Afghanistan

Maj. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, who has been Pacific Command's director for strategic planning and policy since September 2003, has been promoted to lieutenant general and will become the commander of the Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan. Combined Forces Command is the strategic headquarters in Afghanistan and is now commanded by Lt. Gen. David Barno in Kabul. Combined Joint Task Force-76 is a subordinate unit to Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. The operational headquarters is in Afghanistan, and it is commanded by Maj. Gen. Eric Olson, commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division, at Bagram Air Field.

From September 2000 to May 2001, Eikenberry was the 25th Division's assistant commanding general. He was reassigned to the Pentagon in July 2001 and later was chief of the office of military cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul before his current assignment at Camp Smith. He will be replaced by Rear Adm. Michael C. Tracy, who is now commander of Carrier Strike Group 10 in Norfolk, Va.

At Schofield Barracks, Brig. Gen. John Bednarek, currently commanding general of the Operations Group at Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., will become an assistant division commander of the 25th Infantry Division. A Schofield Barracks spokesman said that Brig. Gen. Charles Jacoby, one of two assistant division commanders assigned to the 25th Division, has been selected for promotion but has yet to receive an assignment.

At Fort Shafter, Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Stephen Tom, who is the deputy commander for U.S. Army Reserves in the Pacific, will temporarily take over as the deputy commanding general beginning Tuesday.

Moving Up

>> Hickam Air Force Base: Lt. Col. Bob Holba has assumed command of the 65th Airlift Squadron, relieving Lt. Col. Lance Lindsley.

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"In the Military" was compiled from wire reports and other
sources by reporter Gregg K. Kakesako, who covers military affairs for
the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He can be reached can be reached by phone
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