Allen’s emails to a Tampa, Fla., woman were uncovered in the FBI investigation that discovered the Petraeus affair, and the Defense Department Inspector General conducted an investigation.
After the investigation, the White House said it would back Allen for the NATO post once again. But Allen, who earlier this month finished his tour as the top commander in Afghanistan, said this week he would decline the NATO job and retire from the military, citing his wife’s health problems.
Now Breedlove appears to be in line to succeed Adm. James Stavridis for the NATO post and head of U.S. European Command, a nomination that would require Senate confirmation.
Breedlove is currently the Air Force commander in both Europe and Africa. Before that he was vice chief of staff of the Air Force.