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Fort Bragg Commander Prepares For New Mission

Posted July 22, 2004 4:18 a.m. EDT

— Fort Bragg Gen. John Vines is heading overseas. He will be second-in-command, leading hundreds of thousands of troops from different countries.

When Vines leaves Fort Bragg, he takes on a role few soldiers have had and one that has little history to follow.

Vines is about to lead the multinational corps in Iraq, meaning he will be the second-in-command, leading 150,000 U.S. soldiers and troops from roughly 20 other countries.

"There are a heck of a lot of challenges, but this is too big and too important to fight unilaterally," Vines said. "It would be inappropriate to do so, so it is our job to help synchronize all that and we'll work through it."

Vines and close to 8,000 troops plan to deploy to Iraq in the next six months.