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In an official display of joint camaraderie, Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Lefebvre, deputy commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, was promoted to major general by Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commanding general of MNC-I.
At the ceremony, which took place Thursday in the rotunda of the Al Faw palace at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Austin lauded Lefebvre's contributions, saying, "We are truly blessed to have a Marine of your caliber with us," according to an MNC-I news release.
Lefebvre's new stars were pinned on by his Army colleagues, Brig. Gen. Daniel Allyn, MNC-I chief of staff, and Brig. Gen. Michael Ferriter, MNC-I deputy commanding general for operations.
"I have been fortunate to be a part of great teams in the Marine Corps and in joint environments," Lefebvre said in the release. "It is inspiring to work with people who sacrifice for what they believe in."
Lefebvre, of West Hartford, Conn., graduated from Springfield College in 1975 with a bachelor of science in physical education.
He started his military career as a second lieutenant in April 1977 and has since held several operational positions. Most recently, he was the commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the Eastern Recruiting Region before coming to MNC-I, the release said.