Pittard, an armor officer, previously commanded the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Tex. He has deployed to Iraq several times in the past, including as a one-star general while leading the Iraqi Assistance Group, which oversaw the U.S. military’s teams working with Iraqi troops. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star with “V.”
As of Thursday, there were about 90 U.S. advisers on the ground, Pentagon officials said. An additional 90 personnel have set up a joint operations center in Baghdad. The majority of the U.S. troops are said to be U.S. Special Forces, elite Green Berets.