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    Obama Nominates Army General Scaparrotti for Top NATO Commander Position

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    President Barack Obama has nominated Army General Curtis Scaparrotti to serve as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, the US Department of Defense announced in a statement on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Defense Department added that NATO has agreed to the Scaparrotti’s appointment. Scaparrotti would replace US Air Force General Philip Breedlove who is NATO’s current Supreme Allied Commander.

    “[T]he president has made the following nomination: Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe,” the statement said.

    The US Congress must approve Scaparrotti before he can be officially confirmed to the position.

    Scaparrotti has been previously heading the Combined Forces Command of the US Forces in South Korea.


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