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U.S. Senate confirms Dempsey as top military officer

08-03-2011 09:30 BJT

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Senate confirmed Dempsey in a voice vote. Also confirmed were James Winnefeld as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Ray Odierno as Army chief and Jonathan Greenert as chief of naval operations.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he looks forward to "working closely with all of these outstanding leaders" as "they bring with them immense intellect, proven leadership and far-reaching strategic vision."

Dempsey, who currently serves as the Army's chief of staff, will succeed Mike Mullen after the current chairman retires on Oct. 1.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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