President Nominates Admiral for Top Stratcom Post
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 President Barack Obama has nominated the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet to be the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Pentagon officials announced today.
If confirmed by the Senate, Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney will succeed Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler at Stratcom, which has its headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
Haney, a 1978 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, served as Stratcom’s deputy commander before assuming his current post in January 2012.
One of nine unified commands in the Defense Department, Stratcom conducts global operations in coordination with other combatant commands, the services and appropriate U.S. government agencies to deter and detect strategic attacks against the United States and its allies, and to defend the nation as directed.
The president also has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to receive his fourth star and to succeed Haney as U.S. Pacific Fleet commander.