Pace to step down as head of Joint Chiefs

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Friday that he will recommend the nomination of Admiral Michael Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. If he is nominated by President George Bush and confirmed by the Senate, Mullen will replace Gen. Peter P

Vets advise Navy's Swift boat program

LITTLE CREEK, Va., July 10 (UPI) -- The United States has employed a group of Vietnam War veterans as informal advisers for the Navy's new Swift boat program in Iraq.

U.S. Navy to expand role in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- More U.S. Navy support personnel will be deployed in Iraq as medical corpsmen and in special operations roles to ease the burden on Army troops.

Accused killer says molesters boasted

BELLINGHAM, Wash., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The man charged with killing two registered sex offenders in Washington State says he was set off by the killing of a 13-year-old boy in Idaho.

Wolfowitz honors wounded troops

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday at the Pentagon to honor nearly 70 recently wounded U.S. service members.
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Michael Mullen
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)

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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