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President Nominates 3 Officers for Senior Leadership Positions

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 – President Barack Obama has nominated three senior military officers to serve in important leadership positions across the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

The president has nominated Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, currently commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, to be commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr.

Army Gen. John F. Campbell, currently vice chief of staff of the Army, is the president’s choice to command NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. If confirmed, he would succeed Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., whom the president has nominated to be the next commandant of the Marine Corps.

The president has chosen Army Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, currently commander of Joint Special Operations Command, to receive his fourth star and to serve as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. If confirmed, he would succeed Navy Adm. William H. McRaven.

“All three are highly qualified officers who have devoted many years of service to their country,” Hagel said in a statement announcing the nominations. If confirmed, he added, they will be “outstanding successors” to Jacoby, Dunford, and McRaven, “who have all been exemplary and highly effective commanders.”

“I join the president in thanking all these leaders for what they have done and will continue to do for both our nation and our men and women in uniform,” the secretary said.


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Chuck Hagel
Navy Adm. Bill Gortney
Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr.
Army Gen. John F. Campbell
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.
Army Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel

Related Sites:
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Announcing Presidential Nominations
U.S. Northern Command
Special Report: U.S. Northern Command
NATO International Security Assistance Force
U.S. Special Operations Command
Special Report: U.S. Special Operations Command

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