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Gen. John Paxton Retires as Marine Corps Assistant Commandant

John Paxton
John Paxton

Marine Corps Gen. John Paxton Jr. has retired from his position as assistant commandant of the service branch after 42 years in military service.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Robert Neller, Marine Corps commandant, attended a ceremony Thursday at the Marine Barracks Washington to recognize Paxton’s accomplishments during his military career, the Marine Corps Times reported.

Jeff Schogol writes Carter cited Paxton’s role in the 2009 deployment of over 8,000 armored vehicles to uniformed personnel in Afghanistan within 16 months.

Paxton assumed the assistant commandant post in December 2012 after he served as chief of the Marine Corps Forces Command, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic and Marine Forces Europe.

He also held the roles of commanding general of the 1st Marine division and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, director of programs division, executive assistant to the Department of the Navy’s undersecretary and chief of the II Marine expeditionary force.

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