Obama nominates Army general Dempsey to lead Joint Chiefs

Washington, May 31: US President Barack Obama has nominated Army General Martin E. Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and promoted two other senior military leaders.

Obama praised the General and said he had “benefited enormously from his advice and counsel.”

Obama called Dempsey “one of our nation’s most respected and combat-tested generals.”

To fill the vacancy of Army chief of staff, Obama said he would appoint General Ray Odierno, a four-star former commander in Iraq who has served as head of the Joint Forces Command, The Washington Post reports.

Obama also named James “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr., head of the military’s Northern Command, to take over as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

All of the appointments are contingent upon Senate confirmation. If approved, Dempsey will take over October 1 from Adm. Mike Mullen.

Obama said Dempsey and Winnefeld would make “an extraordinary team” on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“Between them they bring deep experience in virtually every domain. Land, air, space, sea and cyber. Both of them have the respect of our troops on the front lines, our friends in Congress and allies and partners abroad,” said Obama.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking officer in the armed forces and the principal military adviser to the president.

Dempsey’s appointment comes one month after Obama nominated CIA Director Leon Panetta to move to the Pentagon to replace Robert Gates as defense secretary. (ANI)