Odierno Sworn In As Army Chief of Staff

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Gen. Raymond Odierno, the last commander of disestablished Joint Forces Command, was sworn in Wednesday as Army’s new chief of staff.

Odierno replaces Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when Adm. Mike Mullen retires Sept. 30.

As chief of staff, Odierno is responsible for training, equipping, maintaining and sustaining an Army of more than 500,000 soldiers.

During remarks at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Odierno marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and noted the challenges the Army has faced since.

“I would just say that over the last 10 years, our Army has proven itself,” Odierno said. “Inarguably, in the most difficult environment this nation has ever faced.”

Prior to heading Joint Forces Command, Odierno served as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq from January 2010 to September 2010. He also led multi-national forces in Iraq from September 2008 to December 2009.

During his 34-year Army career, Odierno has commanded units at every level with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq and the U.S.