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Army Generals Nominated for New Assignments

March 22, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Pentagon announced a series of high-level moves involving Army generals on Tuesday, saying the president had selected successors for two retiring officers.

Maj. Gen. Edwin S. Leland Jr. has been nominated by Reagan for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as chief of staff of the U.S. European Command.

Assuming he is confirmed by the Senate, Leland, 48, will replace Lt. Gen. Howard G. Crowell Jr., who is retiring. Leland, a native of Washington, D.C., now commands the 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Europe.

The president also nominated Lt. Gen. Thurman D. Rodgers for assignment as commander of the Army Information Systems Command, the Pentagon continued. He would replace Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., 57, has held the post since July 1984 and is retiring on Aug. 1 after more than 40 years’ service.

Rodgers, 53, a native of Cookeville, Tenn., now is director for information systems on the staff of the Army secretary.

Maj. Gen. Bruce R. Harris would be promoted to lieutenant general and to replace Rodgers in the staff position. Harris, 53, a native of Sullivan County, Ind., now commands the Army Signal Center and Signal School at Fort Gordon, Ga.

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