Pres. Obama nominates Gen. Dempsey chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Pres. Obama nominates Gen. Dempsey chairman of the Joint Chiefs

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Adm. James Alexander "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr. (C) after announcing the nomination of Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey (2nd,L) as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as Gen. Ray Odierno also attends (R), May 30, 2011 in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, D.C. Dempsey, who will replace out-going Adm. Mike Mullen, will be the military's highest ranking officer and oversee the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense budget cuts and the future role of the armed forces. Winnefeld will be vice chairman of the JCS and Odierno will be Army Chief of Staff. UPI/Mike Theiler