Posted: May 30, 2011 7:07 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is expected to
introduce Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as his choice to lead the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a Rose Garden announcement Monday.
Dempsey is an accomplished veteran of the Iraq war. He would succeed Navy Adm. Mike Mullen as the president's top military adviser when Mullen's term ends Sept. 30. Dempsey wouldneed Senate confirmation.
Two people familiar with the selection process told of Obama's choice last week. They spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced by the
Dempsey began a four-year term as Army chief of staff on April 11. Army Gen. Ray Odierno is expected to replace Dempsey as Army chief. Odierno is currently in charge of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.