Bragg commander leaving for Joint Staff

August 13, 2009 3:10:47 PM PDT
The 34th commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg is leaving. Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next director of the Joint Staff in July. He relinquished command Thursday at a ceremony on Fort Bragg.

Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn will serve as the acting commander until a replacement is named.

Austin spent about a year as commander of about 140,000 ground troops in Iraq.