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Martin Dempsey Picked As New Chairman Of Joint Chiefs

AP is reporting that Army General Martin Dempsey has been chosen by President Obama as the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff.

From the Department Of Defense:

General Martin E. Dempsey assumed duty as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff on 11 April 2011. During his previous 36 years of service, General Dempsey has served in a variety of professionally rewarding and developmental positions across the Army in both the generating and operating force.

Past assignments have taken him and his family across the country and world both during peace and times of war from the platoon to the Combatant Command level. Following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974, General Dempsey received his commission as an Armor Officer. As a company grade officer, GEN Dempsey served with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson. Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was subsequently assigned to the English Department at West Point where he served as an instructor and Assistant Professor. GEN Dempsey has also earned Masters Degrees from the Command and General Staff College (1987) and National War College (1995). In 1991, GEN Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of OPERATION DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. He then served in Human Resources Command as the Armor Branch Chief and from 1996-1998 as the 67th Colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following command he served on the Joint Staff as an Assistant Deputy Director in J-5 and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.