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WASHINGTON - President Bush on Friday named Marine Gen. Peter Pace, who quietly helped shape the Pentagon’s role in the global war on terrorism, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Pace, 59, would succeed Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers. He was expected to win easy Senate confirmation.

“He knows the job well,” Bush said in announcing the nomination.

The first Marine selected for the nation’s top uniformed military post, Pace also is only the second vice chairman to rise to chairman. Myers, due to retire Sept. 30 after four years on the job, was the first.

Bush announced the nomination in a Roosevelt Room ceremony at the White House.

“The first thing America needs to know about Pete Pace is that he is a Marine,” Bush said. “To the American people, the Marine is shorthand for can-do, and I’m counting on Pete Pace to bring the Marine spirit to these new responsibilities.”

Praising his “wisdom and determination,” Bush said Pace would help with the mission of transforming the armed forces “so we can defeat today’s enemies while preparing ourselves for military challenges we will face as this new century unfolds.”

‘Trust and faith’
The president also praised Myers for being “able service over four decades, and his tireless dedication to duty and country.”

For his part, Pace thanked Bush for his “trust and faith in me.”

“This is an incredible moment for me,” Pace said. He said the promotion was “exhilarating,” but also added, “I know the challenges ahead are formidable.”

Bush also said he was nominating Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani Jr. as deputy Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Giambastiani, 56, was Rumsfeld’s senior military assistant before being named commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command in 2002.

After stumbling over Giambastiani’s name several times, Bush dubbed him “Admiral G” to laughter.

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Hmm is this gonna have any affect on me when I enlist in the Corps this November? *Wont be going to MCRDPI 'till summer of 06, max of 365 days in DEP*
 

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No it is not going to affect you, other than the fact that the Joint Chiefs role is a pretty influencial role. If this guy is tight with Rummy, then he is decidedly a hard nose (but then that is not out of character for most Jarheads).

You are going in with your eyes open. Be ready to spend your entire enlistment plus at least a year or two MORE than that being deployed, getting ready to be deployed, or coming back from being deployed.

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Oh no, not a Marine! Just kidding. I think we might need someone with a little more hard nose when it comes to dealing with some of the war on terrorism issues. While the war in Iraq and Afganistan has gone pretty well, its the things you don't hear about that I mean. After all if some foreign govt offical that support Al queda mysteriously dies, well too bad. Also the guys in WW II knew ther was only one way home, that was through Berlin or Japan. Seems there is a mental advantge knowing that.
 

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Alright thanks. What ever happens, happens. I want to go to UNC or USC afterwords and major in somthing I have yet to know. But i'll figure that out in the Corps.
 
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