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U.S. Joint Forces Command closure OK'd

U.S. Joint Forces Command closure OK'd

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- President Obama has authorized the closure of the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
Obamas light National Christmas Tree

Obamas light National Christmas Tree

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, joined by first lady Michelle Obama and their two children, pulled a switch Thursday to light the National Christmas Tree in Washington.
Hearing turns into discussion on WikiLeaks

Hearing turns into discussion on WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. military officials speaking before a Senate committee Thursday expressed their outrage over the release of sensitive documents by WikiLeaks
Mullen expresses concerns about militants

Mullen expresses concerns about militants

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Adm. Michael Mullen, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, arrived in Pakistan Saturday amid concerns about militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan.
Gates, Mullen back McChrystal resignation

Gates, Mullen back McChrystal resignation

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama was right to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his commander's post in Afghanistan, the top two leaders at the Pentagon said Thursday.
Israel's Barak heads to U.S. for meetings

Israel's Barak heads to U.S. for meetings

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak traveled to the United States Tuesday to meet with U.S. and U.N. leaders, the Israeli Defense Ministry said.

Pentagon behind Obama's Afghan strategy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Military leaders fully back U.S. President Obama's strategy for Afghanistan, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday.
Obama, Mullens issue Thanksgiving messages

Obama, Mullens issue Thanksgiving messages

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The annual Thanksgiving Day tradition binds Americans as one people thankful for common blessings, President Barack Obama said Monday.
Mullen offers dim view of Afghanistan

Mullen offers dim view of Afghanistan

BOSTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The top U.S. military official offered a dim review on Afghanistan, saying years of neglect means the United States is "starting over" in battling militants.

Poland mulls Moscow deal on U.S. missiles

WARSAW, Poland, June 29 (UPI) -- Poland could accept a compromise with Moscow to involve Russian radar systems in a U.S. missile defense project in central Europe, officials said.
Pakistan extremism troubling to Mullen

Pakistan extremism troubling to Mullen

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, is concerned with the escalating extremism threat in Pakistan, his spokesman says.

Obama, Mullen meet on Mexico violence

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is concerned about growing drug cartel violence in Mexico and is considering how the U.S. military can help, sources say.
Gates, Petraeus want longer pullout period from Iraq

Gates, Petraeus want longer pullout period from Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama faced down his three top military officials in a policy confrontation during his very first day in office, U.S. military sources have told UPI.
MARTIN SIEFF

U.S., Russia still unrivaled in global power projection

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- When the top military commanders who run the U.S. and Russian armed forces on a daily basis met for important but very low-profile talks outside Helsinki, Finland, in October, the range of issues they discussed covered the whole world.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Obama winning over military skeptics

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama seems to be winning over skeptical military commanders who at first distrusted him, analysts say.
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U.S. President Barack Obama listens to Admiral Michael Mullen, left, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak during Memorial Day Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 25, 2009. (UPI Photo/Joshua Roberts/POOL)
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Michael Glenn "Mike" Mullen (born October 4, 1946) is a United States Navy admiral who currently serves as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). Mullen previously served as the Navy's 28th Chief of Naval Operations from July 22, 2005 to September 29, 2007. He is only the third naval officer in Navy history to be appointed to four different four-star assignments; the others being the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples from October 2004 to May 2005, and as the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to August 2004. As the CJCS, Mullen is the highest ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces. Mullen assumed his current assignment on October 1, 2007.

The son of a Hollywood press agent and his wife, who worked as an assistant to Jimmy Durante, Mullen was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Church (North Hollywood) grade school, and graduated from Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks) in 1964. Mullen then attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, graduating in the lower third of his class in 1968.

As a junior officer, he served in various leadership positions aboard USS Collett (DD-730), USS Blandy (DD-943), USS Fox (CG-33) and USS Sterrett (CG-31). He has commanded three ships: the gasoline tanker USS Noxubee (AOG-56), the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough (DDG-20), and the guided missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG-48); and has also commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two and the George Washington Battle Group. Mullen’s last command at sea was as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet/Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic (COMSTRIKFLTLANT).

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