Gen. Martin Dempsey to Head Joint Chiefs of Staff

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President Obama announced that Army Gen. Martin Dempsey will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sealing the overhaul of his national security team.

During a Rose Garden ceremony Monday the president hailed the 40-year veteran as "one of our nation's most respected and combat-tested generals."

Dempsey, an accomplished veteran of the Iraq war, is a graduate of West Point and currently serves as Army chief of staff.
If confirmed by the Senate, he will replace Adm. Mike Mullen as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs when his term expires Sept. 30.

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