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Obama Names Army Gen. as Chief Military Adviser

BY newsdesk  May 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM EST

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama named Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Monday morning in a White House Rose Garden ceremony, calling him “one of our nation’s most respected and combat-tested generals.”

Dempsey, who was named Army chief of staff just last month, will replace Adm. Mike Mullen, whose term ends Sept. 30, as the president’s top military adviser.

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe writes:

“Dempsey has spent much of the last decade leading troops in a messy, low-tech war in Iraq and is deeply skeptical of technology’s ability to alter the basic nature of combat.

“‘We operate where our enemies, indigenous populations, culture, politics, and religion intersect and where the fog and friction of war persists,’ he wrote recently in the introduction to the Army’s main operating concept.”

Gen. Ray Odierno, who commanded troops in Iraq from 2008 through 2010, is expected to take Dempsey’s place as Army chief of staff.

The nominations must be approved by the Senate.

After making his military personnel announcements, President Obama headed to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to mark Memorial Day.

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