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WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 17, 2011) -- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was
confirmed by the Senate March 16, for assignment as the next chief of staff of the Army.
He will succeed Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who plans to retire next month after serving as
the Army's chief of staff since April 10, 2007.
Dempsey is scheduled to be sworn in as chief of staff on April 11, at Joint Base
Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. A Change of Responsibility Ceremony is scheduled for Joint
Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Summerall Field at 3 p.m.
Dempsey is currently serving as commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va. He has headed TRADOC since December 2008.
Before that he was acting commander of U.S. Central Command, and from August 2005 to
the summer of 2007, he commanded the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.
Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point, where he was commissioned an armor officer.
During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 3, Dempsey
answered questions about how he would serve as the next chief of staff of the Army, a
position he was nominated for in January by President Barack Obama.
"I sit before you today with confidence that whatever challenges confront us in the future,
your Army will respond with the same courage and resolve that has characterized it for the
past 235 years," Dempsey said.
He told senators that he will work hard every day as chief of staff to earn the trust of
Soldiers by ensuring they have what they need.
"I will work to match their drive, their sacrifice and their resolve," Dempsey said, "and I will
partner with the Congress of the United States of America and this committee in particular,
to ensure we remain worthy of the title 'America's Army.'"
Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, has been nominated
to take over for Dempsey as commander of TRADOC.
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