Obama picks Dempsey as top US military officer

By REUTERS
May 30, 2011 17:22

 
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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Monday nominated General Martin Dempsey, who commanded troops in the Iraq war, as the top US military officer.

If confirmed by the US Senate, Dempsey would replace Admiral Mike Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he steps down on Oct. 1.

Dempsey is currently Army chief of staff. Obama said he was naming General Raymond Odierno to succeed Dempsey in that job.

Admiral James Winnefeld, commander of US Northern command, was named as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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