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Top military officer to be replaced

Top military officer to be replaced
By: Heartland News & The Associated Press

PENTAGON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be replaced when his term ends in September.

Marine General Peter Pace has served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff for six years and chairman for nearly two years.  That covers the entire Iraq war.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates makes the recommendation to put Admiral Mike Mullen in Pace's position.

Gates said until recently, he intended to renominate Pace for another two years.

He says a confirmation hearing for Pace would have focused on the past instead of the future.

Gates says Mullen has the "vision, strategic insight and integrity to lead America's armed forces."

President Bush needs to make the formal appointment, and the Senate would have to approve.

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