Special to the Frontline

French Brig. Gen. Hubert Cottereau was selected to become a deputy commanding general for the 3rd Infantry Division. The Department of the Army approved Cottereau as the first reciprocal general officer military exchange with France, April 19. The exchange is part of the U.S. Army’s Military Personnel Exchange Program.

French Brig. Gen. Hubert Cottereau approved for 3rd Infantry Division

French Brig. Gen. Hubert Cottereau arrived at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield as part of an initial visit prior to becoming a deputy commanding general for the 3rd Infantry Division.  

The Department of the Army approved Cottereau as the first reciprocal general officer military exchange with France, April 19. 

The exchange is part of the U.S. Army’s Military Personnel Exchange Program.

The program is designed to strengthen bonds of friendship, understanding, and interoperability between the countries and their respective military organizations.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Todd Wasmund and Cottereau of France’s Land Forces were selected to participate in this first Army reciprocal general officer exchange between the two countries.

Wasmund’s assignment will be as the Deputy Commanding General of France’s 3rd Armoured Division, headquartered in Marseilles. The assignment will begin early 2020. Currently, Wasmund is the deputy commanding general for support of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division.

Cottereau begin his assignment as DCG for readiness of the 3rd ID, here on Fort Stewart, later this summer.

Typically, MPEP assignments are from two to three years in length.

This MPEP with the French Army is only the second such reciprocal, general officer for general officer, exchange the U.S. Army currently has in place. The U.S. Army established its first reciprocal general officer MPEP exchange with the United Kingdom in September 2015.

The MPEP program directly supports the Secretary of the Army priority “Allies and Partners.” The goal of this priority is to optimize the Army’s interoperability with our allies and partners to strengthen alliances and deliver more effective coalition operations.