For the first time ever, an Army general officer is heading to Marseilles, France, to serve as the deputy commander of France’s 3rd Armored Division.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Todd Wasmund and French Brig. Gen. Hubert Cottereau are the first approved exchanges in the U.S. Army’s Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP).
Wasmund is set to begin his assignment early next year, according to the Army, while Cottereau, who will take over as deputy commanding general for readiness of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, will start this summer after arriving at Fort Stewart earlier this month.
Wasmund is currently the deputy commanding general for support for the 1st Infantry Division, per the Army. Stars and Stripes reports that he has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and recently deployed with the Army Europe’s Mission Command Element in Poznan, Poland, as deputy commanding general.