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US Commanding General visits Uzbekistan

U.S. COMMANDING GENERAL, COMBINED FORCES COMMAND – AFGHANISTAN, VISITS UZBEKISTAN

Yesterday, the U.S. Commanding General of the Combined Forces Command for Afghanistan, Lieutenant General Barno, met with senior Uzbek Government officials on his first official visit to Uzbekistan.  During his visit to Tashkent, Lieutenant General Barno met with Minister of Defense Kodir Gulomov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sodyk Safaev, and National Security Council Secretary Ruslan Mirzaev.  The purpose of the visit was to discuss Uzbek support for the war on terror.

Lieutenant General Barno has served in a variety of command and staff positions in the continental United States and the Pacific.  Following selection to Brigadier General, he was assigned in June of 1999 as the Assistant Division Commander (Operations) of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schoefield Barracks, Hawaii, and in June 2000 as the Deputy Director of Operations, United States Pacific Command.  Following his selection for Major General, he served as the Commanding General for the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson.  During this time he deployed to Hungary as the Commanding General of Task Force Warrior with the mission to train the Free Iraqi Forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Lieutenant General Barno assumed his duties as Commanding General of the Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2003.