WASHINGTON, June 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack
Obama on Tuesday nominated a Republican congressman from New York as Secretary
of the Army.
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) watches
on as his nominee for Secretary of the Army, Congressman John McHugh
(R-NY) speaks to the press in the Diplomatic Reception room of the White
House in Washington, June 2, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Ochoa)
Obama said at a press conference in the White House
that John McHugh, the ranking Republican in the House Armed Services Committee,
is committed to keeping the Army "the best trained, the best equipped, the best
land force the world has ever seen."
The president also said McHugh will make sure the
Army can handle the 21st-century warfare.
The nomination must be reviewed and approved by the
McHugh, who lives in Pierrepont Manor, New York, was
elected to the House in 1992.
Before that, he was a U.S. Senator from 1984 to 1992.
McHugh would replace Pete Geren, who has been
Secretary of Army since July 2007.