FORT MONROE, Va. (TRADOC News Service, May 7, 2010) - Lt. Gen. John E. "Jack" Sterling Jr. succeeded Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt Monday as U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's deputy commanding general /chief of staff.

Valcourt is retiring from the Army after 37 years' service. He was honored in a retirement ceremony here May 3.

Sterling, who was promoted to lieutenant general in a separate ceremony here May 3, was previously assigned as assistant chief of staff, U-3/C-3/J-3, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea, and deputy commanding general of Eighth U.S. Army. In that job, Sterling was responsible for providing operational direction for all Republic of Korea and U.S. forces assigned to the Korean Peninsula.

This is not Sterling's first assignment to TRADOC. Prior to assignment in Korea, he served as the assistant commandant for the Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as well as deputy commanding general for initial military training there from February 2006 to November 2007.

"General Valcourt has been a great mentor for me," Sterling remarked. "When I think back on all the people that have been a part of my career - all the people that mentored and guided me who took a little bit of their time out - I would like to say thanks. And thanks to all the folks in TRADOC to make us feel at home."

Commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in 1976 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, Sterling has served in engineer leadership positions from platoon leader through brigade command in 1st Armored Division, 5th Infantry Division and 3rd Infantry Division. He also served as chief of staff of 3rd Inf. Div. during initial combat operations of Operation Iraqi Freedom and as deputy commanding general of CJTF-76 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2005-2006.

"Victory starts here; I am ready to start!" the new DCG/chief of staff said.
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