Obama to Name New Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff on Memorial Day
According to an administration official, President Barack Obama is set name Army General Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Memorial Day. The source wants to remain anonymous for now because no official statement has been made by the White House with regards to the issue.
The latest appointment will complete the major reshuffle of the top brass in the military. Last April, the president named CIA chief Leon E. Panetta as Defense secretary. General David H. Petraeus, top commander of the U. S. mission in Afghanistan, will become the new CIA chief.
Dempsey has been the Army chief of staff since April. He has lots of experience from serving two tours of duty in Iraq. In selecting Dempsey for the job, President Obama will bypass General James Cartwright, who is considered as the president’s favorite general.
At present, Cartwright is the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the subject of an inspector general’s investigation with regards to an improper relationship with a female subordinate. He was cleared by the inquiry but was recommended to receive administration action for two lesser charges, which include failing to discipline the woman when she fell asleep in his hotel room after drinking with colleagues.