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Washington D.C. – Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), senior Republican on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Secretary of Defense’s decision to nominate Admiral Mike Mullen (USN) as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the conclusion of General Peter Pace’s (USMC) two-year term:
“General Peter Pace is a great American hero. He has commanded troops with distinction at virtually every level of the military in combat and times of peace. General Pace’s decorations are too numerous to list in their entirety, but they include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal with Combat ‘V.’
“His lifelong dedication to the men and women of the Marine Corps, and their families, will be remembered and applauded for generations.
“As the first Marine general to be appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he showed the same commitment and dedication to the men and women of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the civilians under his command. During his tenure, our courageous warfighters took the fight to the enemy in very difficult conditions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the globe.
“As the former Chairman and now Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have always found General Pace’s first and foremost concern to be the welfare of the men and women in the military.
“We’ve enjoyed a good working relationship with Admiral Mullen as the Chief of Naval Operations and look forward to continuing that relationship as he moves into his new role as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”
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