ARLINGTON, Va. — Gen. James Conway has been confirmed by the Senate as the new commandant of the Marine Corps.
Conway, who also was promoted from lieutenant general to full general, was confirmed Wednesday by a unanimous vote, according to the Marine Corps.
It has not yet been announced when Conway will replace the current Marine Corps commandant, Gen. Michael Hagee.
In a statement released after the confirmation vote, Hagee praised Conway as a “superb, multi-talented leader.”
“He has proven he can do it all, on and off the battlefield. I am extremely happy for the Corps and the Nation at his confirmation to be the 34th Commandant. He and his wife, Annette, will be a great team,” Hagee said.
Hagee has served as commandant for three and a half years, slightly longer than the typical tenure.
Conway was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1970 and commanded the I Marine Expeditionary Force during two combat tours in Iraq.
He comes to the commandant’s position from the Joint Staff, which assists the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in accomplishing his responsibilities. Hagee has served as commandant for three and a half years, slightly longer than the typical tenure.