Columbus leader applauds former Ft. Benning commander picked for NSA

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - An Army general with ties to the Columbus area will now be on President Trump's team.

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster was picked to be the new National Security Adviser. He previously was Commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence on Fort Benning.

McMaster served on Fort Benning from 2012 until 2014.While he only lived in the area for two years, his stint here is being called an important part of his long military career.

"I think it was anticipated that he was going to go up and do other things because of his experience and background." said Fort Benning Retired General Carmen Cavezza.

Cavezza says although he didn't know McMaster personally, he did have a few chances to work alongside President Trump's new National Security Advisor.

"He was a very dedicated, very hard working person. He's highly regarded within the service. Among the generals who know him, he's held at a very high standard," said Cavezza.

Cavezza says he believes McMaster is a great choice for the position.

"I think it speaks highly when you get a commander like him, who has commanded on Fort Benning, and it speaks highly on the kind of people they put in Fort Benning and it speaks highly of the importance of Fort Benning," said Cavezza.

Lieutenant General McMaster will be replacing Michael Flynn, who resigned from the position of National Security Advisor last week.

He was chosen over four leading candidates for the role.

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