Obama picks Fort Leavenworth commander for Afghan mission

TOPEKA | President Barack Obama has nominated the commander of Fort Leavenworth to lead U.S. and NATO efforts to train the Afghanistan army and police forces.

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV would join Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the war effort in Afghanistan. He would focus on training the Afghan forces to combat the Taliban, al-Qaida and other terrorists. The nomination was announced late Thursday and is subject to Senate confirmation.

Caldwell has been commander of Fort Leavenworth for the past two years, overseeing the development of Army doctrine on stability operations and assisting development of foreign security forces.

The move comes as Obama is reviewing McChrystal's assessment of the war in Afghanistan and the need to develop that nation's fledgling military to combat a resurgent Taliban.