WASHINGTON — The White House announced Wednesday afternoon that President Obama intends to renominate Gen. Martin Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Adm. James ‘Sandy’ Winnefeld as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“These two distinguished military leaders have earned my trust and that of the American people,” Obama is quoted as saying in a White House news release. “I am inspired by their dedicated service to our great nation and the example they set for our women and men in uniform. I urge the Senate to re-confirm these outstanding officers as swiftly as possible.
A 1974 West Point graduate and career armor officer, Dempsey was named the 37th chairman in Oct. 2011.
Winnefeld, the 9th vice chairman, graduated from Georgia Tech in 1978 with high honors in Aerospace Engineering.
Hagel said he enthusiastically endorsed Obama's decision to keep Dempsey and Winnefeld on the job during what he called a challenging time for the United States.
"They're the right two leaders, and the four months I have been here, they have been immensely helpful to me in every way," he said Wednesday.
The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for July 18.
Stars and Stripes reporter Chris Carroll contributed to this report.