Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Changes Underway At The Pentagon

This year will produce change in the Pentagon as the top military leaders reach the end of
their terms.

First was the Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who was succeeded by Gen. Martin E.
Dempsey during a Change of Command Ceremony at Ft. Myer, Virginia on Monday.

Chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, and Chief of Naval Operations, Adm.
Gary Roughead will also be reaching the end of their terms this year. Their replacements have
not yet been announced.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said repeatedly that he would step down sometime this
year. Who will replace Secretary Gates? Several names have been mentioned, but no one has
yet to rise to the top of the list.

Our military and our veterans will watch with great interest to see what course the new leadership
will take. How will the changes develop the shape of our nation's armed forces? Will our forces
grow smaller, stay on the present levels, or perhaps even grow larger as the world events continue
to evolve?

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996