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US Marines to shake up Army and Air Force in Europe

General Michael Sullivan is a proud Marine, delighted by the promotion of General James Jones: "This is a real departure from the norm since SACEUR started after WWII. As the article points out, Gen Jones has so many talents other than being a warfighter. He was also Aide to the Commandant when he was a Colonel and headed the Office of Legislative Assistance as a BGen. He has the decorum of a statesman, is well versed in European culture, and does not "beat his chest" or act aloof. An excellent choice!" Here is the key section of the long announcement:

"Bush Backs Overhaul of Military's Top Ranks: President Bush has approved widespread changes at the top of the U.S. military that will put in place a new generation of relatively nonconformist officers who are likely to be more supportive of the administration's goal of radically changing the armed forces, Pentagon officials said last night. The changes will, among other things, for the first time put a Marine in charge of U.S. military operations in Europe and Africa. In the most significant move, Gen. James Jones, the Marine commandant, is slated to become Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, a position once held by Dwight D. Eisenhower and currently occupied by Air Force Gen. Joseph Ralston".

Ronald Hilton - 4/20/02