WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 28, 2014) -- Gen. Daniel B. Allyn has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next vice chief of staff of the Army.
The current vice chief, Gen. John F. Campbell, has been confirmed as the next commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Campbell has been serving as vice chief of staff of the Army since March 8, 2013.
Allyn has been serving as commander of U.S. Army Forces Command since May 10, 2013. He is scheduled to depart FORSCOM Aug. 15, and assume responsibilities as the Army's vice chief of staff later next month. He was confirmed as the vice by the Senate, July 23, and on the same day, the Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley to take over FORSCOM and be promoted to four-star general. Milley is currently serving as commanding general of III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.
As vice chief of staff, Allyn will be the principal deputy to Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army. He will be the second-highest-ranking officer on active duty at Department of the Army headquarters. The vice chief generally handles the day-to-day administration of Army headquarters. By statute, he is the Army's representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. The vice chief has also been very involved in recent years with the Army's Ready and Resilient campaign, helping lead the charge on issues affecting wellness of the force.
Allyn is a native of Berwick, Maine, and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. His previous assignments include command of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and command of the 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood.
His joint assignments include duty with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and with the Joint Staff, J-3 Joint Operations Directorate. His earlier service includes overseas duty in Korea, a deployment for Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, two peacekeeping deployments to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Operations Desert Spring and Enduring Freedom in Kuwait, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Benning, Georgia; the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Strategic and National Security Studies.
General Allyn is a Combat Infantryman and Master Parachutist.
Also confirmed to the rank of four-star general by the Senate July 23 was Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, who will serve as commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is currently serving as commander, Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.
Lt. Gen. Frederick B. Hodges was confirmed as the next commander of United States Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany. He is currently serving as commander, Land Component Command-Izmir, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Turkey.
Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahue II was confirmed as the deputy commanding general and chief of staff of FORSCOM at Fort Bragg. He will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. He most recently served as commanding general, United States Army Africa and the Southern European Task Force, Italy.
Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland will also be promoted to lieutenant general and will replace Milley as commanding general of III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas. He is currently serving as commanding general, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.