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Army General Raymond T. Oderno, who commanded Iraq, has died of cancer at the age of 67.

Washington (AP) Raymond T. Oderno., A retired Army general who commanded US and coalition forces. Iraq He ended his 39-year career at the height of the war and served as the Army’s Chief of Staff. of that The family said Saturday. They Was 67.

The general died after a brave battle with cancer of that The death was not related to Coved, “a family statement said. There are no further details to share at this time. of that The family is grateful for the concern and demands confidentiality.

Odierno The family, who died Friday, declined to say where he was. He said burial and burial information is not yet available.

Oderno, a native of Rockaway, New Jersey, received a commission in field artillery in 1976 from the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. They Serve a wide range of Army and Defense Department roles with numerous trips abroad, including. Iraq, Germany, Albania and Kuwait. As a three star general. They Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a job that was created. It Key military adviser to the Secretary of State.

Odierno I made three trips. Iraq, Limited to two years, from 2008 to 2010, as senior US commander in Baghdad. They The post was won by General Lloyd Austin, now Secretary of Defense. Odierno Serve as Commander of the Multinational CorpsIraq From 2006 to 2008

When Odierno retired in 2015, They The current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milli, has succeeded him as Army Chief of Staff.

At a ceremony marking his retirement from the military, then-Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter described him as a commander whose perseverance and operational savvy gave civilian leaders great confidence.

“His commanding presence calmed the confusion, and his courage and empathy helped lift the burden of loss and sacrifice,” Carter said.

His fourth infantry was captured. IraqSaddam Hussein was ousted in December 2003. The victory was expected to put an end to an emerging insurgency, but in 2004 the insurgency intensified and led to al Qaeda’s deadly rise. Iraq.

North Carolina State University announced this three months ago. Odierno He was a member of the Board of Trustees. During. of that Military career They He holds a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Effects Engineering from the State of North Carolina. They He was president of Oderno Associates, a consulting firm in Pinehorst, North Carolina.

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