President Trump renominates two top U.S. military leaders: Pentagon

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-20 07:41:34|Editor: ying
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WASHINGTON, May 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has renominated Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Air Force General Paul Selva as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon said Friday.

Both generals would serve for a two-year term, but must still be reconfirmed by the Senate, according to the Pentagon.

Dunford, who led U.S. forces and the international coalition in Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014, was nominated to the Joint Staff by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. He has served as chairman since September 2015.

Selva, the Joint Staff's 10th vice chairman, was nominated to the role at the same time as Dunford. He was previously the head of the military's transportation command, and from 2008 to 2011 he was assistant to the chairman and top military adviser to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Under the U.S. legislation, the Joint Chiefs chairman, who commands no troops, is the senior military adviser to both the president and the secretary of defense.