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Politico: The Pentagon Gets Two New Top Generals

Marine General Joseph Dunford and Air Force General Paul Selva have been tapped to serve as chairman and vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On Tuesday, President Obama nominated Marine General Joseph Dunford and Air Force General Paul Selva to the Pentagon's top two posts.

Dunford, known as "Fightin' Joe," served as the top American officer and coalition commander in Afghanistan during the 2013-2014 transition period when Afghan forces took over operations from American troops, and is currently the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Dunford, who would replace General Martin Dempsey as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks, going from the single star of a brigadier general to four-star rank in little more than three years.

"I know Joe. I trust him," the president said during an introduction ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. "He’s already proven his ability to give me his unvarnished military advice." Dunford's selection was quickly praised by leading Republican lawmakers including Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

WNU Editor: Air Force General Paul Selva's nomination is the more interesting one .... politically speaking. His ties to Hillary Clinton started when she became Secretary of State .... and I suspect that if she should win the nomination AND Presidency .... will play a very important role in her administration. As to what will be the impact of these appointments overall .... their big job in the coming years will be to convince everyone in the Department of Defense to take a pay cut, to work more, and to not have the resources that they expect. On top of that .... they have numerous threats, wars, and minor conflicts to manage.

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