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Posted on 04/22/2005 7:36:08 AM PDT by nuconvert
Bush Nominates Pace to Lead Joint Chiefs
White House - AP
By ROBERT BURNS,/ AP Military Writer
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 to rise from vice chairman. Myers, due to retire Sept. 30 after four years on the job, was the first.
Bush announced the nomination in an East Room ceremony at the White House.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, right, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Gen. Peter Pace, gestures during a Pentagon news conference in February 2005 to discuss the situation in Iraq. Pace, a Vietnam veteran whose military postings have ranged from the ceremonial halls of the White House to the violent streets of Somalia, is expected to be named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a senior official said Wednesday, April 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Heesoon Yim)
I got this via a CNN "Breaking News" alert. Is it really that breaking? I heard about it here on FR a few days ago.
Big bump for the Marines!
What a great choice!! General Pace is a winner and a complete "can do" man. Our Marines have taken on the real brunt of things in Iraq...they take the hits, they get things done, and they don't quit. Here Here!!
Wonder if Boxer and Co. will rake this guy over the coals?
I liked the "Admiral G" reference at the announcement. LOL
I think maybe the official announcement ceremony was just held.
My favorite Gen. Pace moment.... He and Rumsfld are giving a press conference, I believe even before Iraq I'm pretty sure it was Afghanistan and some idiot asks very pompously, "Um uh, yes Mr. Secretary, what exactly is this weapon we keep hearing about... A MO-AB??? And what exactly does it do??? I guess I'm asking, what exactly is it's purpose"
Rumsfeld gives the priceless Rumsfeld look and turns to Pace and says "You'd probably answer this better than I..." And Gen. Pace looks at the guy and says "It's a bomb that gets dropped from our aircraft that has a small rod that pertrudes out about three feet from the bottom that acts as a sensor. When the sensor touches the ground it detonates wiping out everything within about five football fields........" "Oh, oh, oh I'm sorry, it's exact purpose is to kill people..... Thank you Mr. Secretary..."
(BTW, I may be off on the football fields... :) But, you get the idea.... The guy is NO BULLSH*T!! I love it!!)
I'm sure that was the reason, I guess I am sometimes confused as to what CNN considers "breaking news".
We could use all the "NO BULLSH*T" people we can get in Washington.
General Peter Pace is the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Nation's second highest ranking military officer. General Pace is the sixth officer to hold the position and the first Marine.
As the Vice Chairman, General Pace serves as the Chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, Vice Chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board, and as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee and the Nuclear Weapons Council. In addition, he acts for the Chairman in all aspects of the Planning, Programming and Budgeting System to include participating in meetings of the Defense Resources Board.
General Pace received his commission in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University and attended Harvard University for the Senior Executives in National and International Security program.
Upon completion of The Basic School, Quantico, Va., in 1968, he was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam, serving first as a Rifle Platoon Leader and subsequently as Assistant Operations Officer.
Returning from overseas in March 1969, he reported to Marine Barracks, Washington, D. C. During this tour, he served as Head, Infantry Writer Unit, Marine Corps Institute; Platoon Leader, Guard Company; Security Detachment Commander, Camp David; White House Social Aide; and Platoon Leader, Special Ceremonial Platoon. He was promoted to Captain in April 1971. In September 1971, General Pace attended the Infantry Officers' Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Returning overseas in October 1972, he was assigned to the Security Element, Marine Aircraft Group 15, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Nam Phong, Thailand, where he served as Operations Officer and then Executive Officer.
In October 1973, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D. C., for duty as the Assistant Majors' Monitor. During October 1976, he reported to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Ca., where he served as Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines; Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines; and Division Staff Secretary. He was promoted to Major in November 1977. In August 1979, he reported to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College as a student.
Upon completion of school in June 1980, he was assigned duty as Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Buffalo, N. Y. While in this assignment, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 1982. Reassigned to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, General Pace served from June 1983 until June 1985 as Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines. In June 1985, he was selected to attend the National War College in Washington D.C.
After graduation the following June, he was assigned to the Combined/Joint Staff in Seoul, Korea. He served as Chief, Ground Forces Branch until April 1987, when he became Executive Officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff, C/J/G3, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea/Eighth United States Army.
General Pace returned to Marine Barracks in Washington D.C. in August 1988 for duty as Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Colonel in October 1988. In August 1991, he was assigned duty as Chief of Staff, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. During February 1992, he was assigned duty as Assistant Division Commander. He was advanced to Brigadier General on April 6, 1992, and was assigned duty as the President, Marine Corps University/Commanding General, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va., on July 13, 1992. While serving in this capacity, he also served as Deputy Commander, Marine Forces, Somalia, from December 1992 - February 1993, and as the Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force - Somalia from October 1993 - March 1994. General Pace was advanced to Major General on June 21, 1994, and was assigned as the Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, U. S. Forces, Japan. He was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned as the Director for Operations (J-3), Joint Staff, Washington D.C. on August 5, 1996.
General Pace served as the Commander, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic/Europe/South from 23 November 1997 to 8 September 2000. He was promoted to General and assumed duties as the Commander in Chief, United States Southern Command on 8 September 2000 until 30 September 2001.
General Pace's personal decorations include: Defense Distinguished Service Medal, with two oak leaf clusters; Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal with Combat V; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with gold star; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"; Navy Achievement Medal with gold star; and the Combat Action Ribbon.
(Updated March 11, 2003 HQMC)
Your photo was rejected, but thanks for all the info on General Pace.
"The Marine Corps' server is running extremely slow today"
I guess the announcement has something to do with that.
Who expects this? The better the nomination, the harder the Democrats will struggle to block it. You can be sure that all the clintonoids and leakers in the Pentagon are on the phones right now, leaking stories to their contacts at the NY Times and the Washington ComPost about how bad this nomination would be.
That's interesting. Wonder why.
Good on him.
Semper Fidelis to all of my fellow Marines.
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945
Semper fi and congratulations to the new Chairman-Designee!!
Ooh Rah!, Semper Fidelis, and Once a Marine, Always a Marine...
It's about time we got one of our own at the top.
Way to Go Marine!
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