WASHINGTON -- Lt. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Jacoby, the well-liked former top deputy to Iraq War commander Gen. Ray Odierno, has been nominated to receive his fourth star and take command of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command.
A Senate hearing schedule announcement emailed to reporters Tuesday apparently has scooped the White House and Pentagon in revealing that Jacoby was nominated Monday to replace Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr., who is awaiting confirmation to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
If confirmed, Jacoby, like Winnefeld, would go to NORTHCOM and NORAD directly from serving as the Pentagon’s “J-5,” or director for Strategic Plans and Policy. Jacoby gained wider recognition (and an appearance on “the Colbert Report”) as the former commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, and his bio includes a stint as a West Point history professor, where one of his three sons is a cadet.
The confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, along with Adm. Jonathan Greenert, vice chief of naval operations, the president’s nominee to be the next chief of naval operations.