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Friday, June 08, 2007

Pace to Step Down as Chairman of Joint Chiefs

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.

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