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Gates Recommends Dempsey as Next Army Chief of Staff

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

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.

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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. U.S. Army photo
  

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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.

 

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1/10/2011 10:55:14 AM
Subject: Re: "Nomination of Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to Army Chief of Staff" To: Hon. Robert M. Gates, Defense Secretary Dear Sir, do know as an Army and Navy Veteran I often join in prayer for all of our troops. They are our heroes in modern times and eras. I was on my way out of the door on yesterday from my home when I heard that a nomination for Army Chief of Staff had been made by you. Sir, words cannot say how elated I am over your superb selection of Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. I served with him when he was Company Commander of A Troop 1/10 Calvary in Ft. Carson, Colorado in 1979-80. I was his Motor Sgt. and we accomplished a 100% readiness rating during a Division Rollout with the 4th Infantry Division.
- Rev. Tommy Rigmaiden, Grand Prairie,TX 757052

1/10/2011 2:45:32 AM
Congratulations, General Dempsey. The SECDEF in a most honorable man and I am proud to know he has nominated another honorable man such as yourself to lead as the Army Chief of Staff. I agree that you are a creative thinker, as well as a deep thinker and I sincerely hope your blueprints for Army improvements and enhancements take hold and become reality long after your departure from TRADOC. Best wishes always and God speed to you and Mrs. Dempsey.
- TRADOCFan, California

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