HV native Petraeus now top U.S. Afghanistan commander

Gen. David Petraeus, an Orange County native, will soon take over as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, President Obama announced yesterday.

Petraeus, who graduated from Cornwall High School and the West Point Military Academy, will be taking over for former General Stanley McChrystal.

McChrystal is stepping down after making critical remarks about the President and his administration in a Rolling Stone magazine article.

Jerry Donnellan, the head of the Rockland County Veterans Services group, says that Petraeus will be taking over at a critical time for the war in Afghanistan after the President's announcement in December that more troops would be sent there.

Gen. Petraeus is expected to be the keynote speaker at an event honoring veterans in New Windsor tomorrow.

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