Friday, June 08, 2007
Gates Recommends Bush Nominate Adm. Michael G. Mullen for Post
By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 8, 2007; 2:50 PM
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today that Marine Gen. Peter W. Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will step down at the end of his two-year term in September, a decision Gates said he made to avoid possibly contentious re-nomination hearings before the Democratically-controlled Congress.
The surprise announcement means Pace will be removed from the nation's top military post after just two years as chairman, the shortest tenure for a general officer since 1964. Virtually all of the 16 chairmen since 1949 have served at least four years.