I can’t believe I forgot to post this.. Anyway, I was just chilling at a tailgate with the rugby bruvs after Army BEAT THE HELL OUT OF AIR FORCE, and who shows up?

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. GEN Martin E. MOTHERFUCKING Dempsey.

How do I know he’s a cool guy? He said, “Yeah, hold my beer. So I heard you boys beat Air Force as well.”

Fucking A right we did..
President Obama nominates Army head to serve as new Joint Chiefs Chairman

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Gen. Martin Dempsey, the relatively new Army chief of staff, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The term of the current chairman, Adm. Michael Mullen, ends in September.

Obama also nominated Adm. James Winnefeld, the current head of the U.S. Northern Command, to serve as vice chairman. He tapped Gen. Ray Odierno to replace Dempsey as the Army’s chief of staff.

The president, speaking at the White House, urged the Senate to confirm the three men “as swiftly as possible” in order to help ensure a “seamless” Pentagon transition. […]

On February 2nd, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs signed a letter that will go to all transitioning service members, urging them to continue serving the nation as civilians. “As a veteran, your country still needs your experience, intellect, and character…you will continue to make a difference.” Learn more here-

A Look Back at Mullen's Tenure

From the NY Times:

The At War blog has compiled significant moments from Admiral Mullen’s time as chairman of the Joint Chiefs, including blunt statements about Iraq and Afghanistan, his strong declarations supporting repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prevented gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, and most recently his criticisms of Pakistan.

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And today, thanks to Mike’s principled leadership, our military draws its strength from more members of our American family. Soon, women will report for duty on our submarines. And patriotic service members who are gay and lesbian no longer have to lie about who they are to serve the country that they love. History will record that the tipping point toward this progress came when the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff went before Congress, and told the nation that it was the right thing to do. Mike, your legacy will endure in a military that is stronger, but also in a nation that is more just.
—  Barack Obama on Admiral Mike Mullen, who retired as Joint Chiefs chairman today.
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Max Headroom: Adm. Mike Mullen, a man of half-answers

Way to go, Joint Chiefs chairman: The way Adm. Mike Mullen guards his answers about Operation Odyssey Dawn is a sight to see, and it’s good to know that he got a guy like David Gregory — who won’t call you out on your BS — as a talking post. His careful answers, which sidestep any talk of timetables or what’s next, seem to focus on the idea that Gaddafi will ease up under a high level of pressure. (But they have no plans to force him to step down.) This kind of approach hasn’t worked with Gaddafi anytime in the last 40 years. Why now? source

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SAN DIEGO (March 12, 2012) Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, receives a capabilities brief on the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program by Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1. The Marine Mammal Program uses bottlenose dolphins operated by EODMU-1 as a means of locating and marking mines that are on the sea floor, tethered in the water column or in shallow water. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Scott/Released)

Americans are overreacting to Islamic extremism, underinvesting in their youth, and failing to embrace the sense of competition and opportunity that made America a world power. The United States has been increasingly consumed by seeing the world through the lens of threat, while failing to understand that influence, competitiveness, and innovation are the key to advancing American interests in the modern world.

From a Pentagon report, written by two senior members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: CAPT Wayne Porter, USN and Col Mark “Puck” Mykleby

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America Under Nuclear Attack

White House Operator: “Mr. President. General Dempsey is calling.”

Obama: “Who’s he?”

White House Operator: “He’s the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Your top military advisor.”

Obama: “I thought Valerie Jarrett was my top military advisor. Or maybe Susan Rice.”

White House Operator: “They are, but Dempsey is officially your top military advisor. He says it’s urgent.”

Obama: “Okay. Put him through.”

Dempsey: “Mr. President. NORAD’s early warning system says Russia has just launched eight nuclear-armed ICBM’s toward the United States. It’s confirmed. The missiles will strike in less than 30 minutes…”

Obama: “So?”

Dempsey: “Mr. President. We REALLY do need a response this time.”

Obama: “Well okay. I’ll get in touch with Valerie, Susan and the rest of my national security team. I’ll get back to you in 30 days or so.”

Dempsey: “Mr. President. We don’t have 30 days. I repeat. WE DO NOT HAVE 30 FUCKING DAYS!”

Obama: “Okay. Okay. Make it next week then.”

NKorea fires short-range rockets for 2nd day

NKorea fires short-range rockets for 2nd day

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korea has fired more short-range rockets into its eastern waters for a second straight day. That’s apparently a continuation of protests of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.

Colonel Eom Hyo-sik of Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the North launched 16 short-range rockets with a range of 60 kilometers (37 miles) early…

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Obama Naming Next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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(WASHINGTON) – President Obama is expected to name Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Monday.

The four-star general will succeed Adm. Mike Mullen, who will retire from the position on Oct. 1.

Dempsey served two combat tours in Iraq where he commanded the 1st Armored Division shortly after the 2003 invasion and later ran the U.S. effort to train Iraqi security forces.  Dempsey also served as the acting commander of U.S. Central Command, which has responsibility for U.S. military affairs in the Middle East.

Prior to assuming the job as Army chief of staff in early April, Dempsey spent two years heading the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.

This latest change of command at the Pentagon comes as part of a broad reshuffling of the president’s entire military team.  Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is also set to retire, will be replaced by CIA director Leon Panetta.  Panetta’s position, in turn, will be filled in by the top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus.

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