Whoever is selected to succeed Odierno will lead a combat-tested Army that is bracing for the return of sequestration in 2016 even as it is tasked with ever-growing demands from Africa to Iraq to Europe.
A few of the general officers who could be selected to succeed Odierno include:
- Gen. Daniel Allyn, the vice chief of staff of the Army, a position that traditionally has been a stepping stone en route to the chief's office. As the officer in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Army, Allyn is armed with intimate knowledge of the Army's inner workings and the challenges it faces.
- Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific. Brooks has led USARPAC since July 2013, taking on the job as the U.S. rebalances its focus to the Asia-Pacific region. A former aide-de-camp to the vice chief of staff and Army chief of public affairs, as well as a former deputy director for the war on terrorism on the Joint Staff, Brooks is well versed with the inner workings of the Army and Pentagon.
- Gen. John Campbell, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Campbell, who most recently was the Army vice chief of staff, is a highly respected and well-liked officer who has extensive combat experience as well as knowledge of the Army, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
- Gen. David Perkins, the commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command. Perkins, who has led TRADOC since March 2014 and is widely known as a sharply intelligent officer, has spearheaded many of the Army's key efforts. This includes developing the new Army operating concept, rewriting Army doctrine, and leading the study and analysis to determine what the future Army should look like.
Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey will become sergeant major of the Army in January.
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Dailey was selected by Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno after being considered by a board and participating in an interview with Odierno.
"Then you realize you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, and there are a lot of soldiers counting on you," he said. "It's a big undertaking. I told the chief he could be very confident in the fact that I would do the best I possibly can."
The sergeant major of the Army also recommends quality of life improvements to Army leadership and sits on councils that make decisions affecting enlisted soldiers and their families.
He has served as a radio telephone operator, rifleman, Bradley commander, battalion master gunner, a Primary Leadership Development Course senior instructor, platoon sergeant and first sergeant. He served as a command sergeant major at the battalion, brigade and division levels before being selected as the senior enlisted soldier for TRADOC in August 2011.
He is a veteran of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and he deployed four times to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.