Gates Recommends Dempsey as Next Army Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 — Defense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates has rec­om­mend­ed to Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma that he nom­i­nate Army Gen. Mar­tin E. Dempsey to be the next Army chief of staff.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey
Defense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates has rec­om­mend­ed to Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma that he nom­i­nate Army Gen. Mar­tin E. Dempsey to be the next Army chief of staff. Dempsey is com­man­der of the Army’s Train­ing and Doc­trine Com­mand at Fort Mon­roe, Va.
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Gates made the announce­ment at a Pen­ta­gon news con­fer­ence.

The Army chief of staff is the high­est-rank­ing sol­dier and serves as a mem­ber of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

If nom­i­nat­ed by the pres­i­dent and con­firmed by the Sen­ate, Dempsey would suc­ceed Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who has served as Army chief of staff since April 2007 and will retire after more than 40 years of ser­vice.

Dempsey, 58, is com­man­der of the Army’s Train­ing and Doc­trine Com­mand, based at Fort Mon­roe, Va.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Dempsey a “cre­ative thinker and a ter­rif­ic sol­dier” who has his unequiv­o­cal sup­port.

Dempsey served as the act­ing com­man­der of U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand upon the retire­ment of Navy Adm. William Fal­lon in 2008. He took up the Train­ing and Doc­trine Command’s reins in Decem­ber 2008.

Dempsey com­mand­ed the 1st Armored Divi­sion in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, and he served as com­man­der of the Multi­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Tran­si­tion Com­mand in Iraq from 2007 to 2008.

He was com­mis­sioned as a sec­ond lieu­tenant fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion from the U.S. Mil­i­tary Acad­e­my at West Point, N.Y., in 1974. He was assigned to Ger­many as an armor offi­cer, and he served with the 3rd Armored Divi­sion dur­ing Oper­a­tion Desert Storm.

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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