Fort Hood gets new commanding general

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Posted: Apr 22, 2011 3:18 AM
Fort Hood gets new commanding general

Fort Hood has a new commanding general.

Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell took command of the Texas Army post at a ceremony Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the departing commanding general, will become a four-star general and take command of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va.

With Cone's departure, now Campbell will decide whether Maj. Nidal Hasan will be court-martialed and face the death penalty in the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood.

Two Army colonels have already made that recommendation. The final decision is made by a commanding general.

Last month Cone granted a request by Hasan's attorney to delay proceedings until Campbell's arrival.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.