June 28, 2013

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Confirmed in Senate

A Change Of Responsibility ceremony will take place on September 7, 2011 in which two top members of the Army will assume new positions due to the deactivation of the position of U.S. Joint Forces Command. This position is currently held by General Raymond T. Odierno. Gen. Odierno will assume the new position of Chief of Staff of the Army, a position currently held by General Martin E. Dempsey. Gen. Demsey has been nominated for and will assume the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking military officer in the United States Armed Services and the main adviser to the President of the United States.


President Obama said of Gen. Dempsey that over the span of his 36 year military career, he is one of the nations most respected generals. Of Gen. Odierno, Senator John McCain of Arizona said that he has been one of the finest military officers that he has had the opportunity to know. Gen. Odierno along with Gen. David Petraeus were key in implementing the surge of Iraq.

At this critical time in the United States in regard to raising the debt ceiling, Defense programs could face tough cuts if a bipartisan committee assembled to find additional cuts in the amount of $1.2 trillion fails to accomplish this. If this committee can not come up with an adequate plan to achieve this, automatic cuts would go into effect. These cuts could have a serious impact on every area of Defense programs. Both newly appointed Generals express deep concerns regarding budget cuts that would affect this particular area.

Another acknowledged event that took place during these Senate nominations was the approval of a fourth star for Army Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, who was the commanding General during a combat tour in Iraq. Lt. Gen. Jacoby was confirmed at this same time as the head of the U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. This bi-national organization between the United States and Canada is responsible for aerospace control and aerospace missions for North America.

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