Gen. Allen Back on Track to Run NATO White House to move ahead with his nomination By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 23, 2013 12:56 PM CST 5 comments Comments This May 23, 2012, file photo shows Marine Gen. John R. Allen speaking at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File) (Newser) – Now that Gen. John Allen has been cleared of wrongdoing over his emails to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, his military career is apparently none the worse. The White House said today it will proceed with his nomination to become commander of NATO forces in Europe, reports the AP. The nomination got put on hold during the investigation, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said he hopes the Senate will now consider it "in a timely manner." Allen is currently the top US commander in Afghanistan.