Army Gen. John Campbell has started as commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
He succeeds Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., who will move into his new role as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Defense Department said Tuesday.
“John’s leadership comes at a defining moment, as Afghanistan undertakes a historic political transition, and the United States and our coalition partners transition from combat to training and support for Afghan forces,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Campbell most recently served as U.S. Army vice chief of staff before his appointment to lead ISAF.
He previously held brigade command posts in Kandahar and Bagram from 2010 to 2011 and the new assignment is his third command tour in Afghanistan.
The 33-year service veteran also commanded units in Germany, Haiti and Iraq.