Top Brass: President Nominates Dempsey as Joint Chiefs of Staff

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

President Barack Obama speaks as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Navy Admiral James 'Sandy' Winnefeld listen during an event of Department of Defense personnel announcements. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/Getty)

On Memorial Day, President Barack Obama announced his nomination for two top military positions. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey will replace Navy Adm. Michael Mullen as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey would be joined in the Pentagon by Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., who would serve as his vice chairman. Also announced, Gen. Ray Odierno was picked to replace Dempsey as Army chief. These choices, especially Dempsey’s nod for the Joint Chiefs assignment, took many military watchers by surprise.

For insight into the president’s decision, we speak with retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor, an officer who served with both Dempsey and Ray Odierno. Mansoor is also the author of “Baghdad at Sunrise.”


Peter Mansoor

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [1]

ronniearias from US

I hope this guy does a great job for our country but the media shouldn't be puffing this guy up like he's Patton. Time will tell if My President made a good choice. I sure hope so.

May. 31 2011 02:11 AM

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