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Dempsey, a 1974 West Point graduate, led the First Armored Division through 14 months of bloody combat in 2003 2004 in Iraq, a campaign that culminated with extended urban warfare that sapped the resistance of Moqtada al Sadr’s Shiite militia. Dempsey’s division suffered 130 soldiers killed in battle and canada goose outlet ottawa 798 wounded. Central Command, the military’s Middle East headquarters. Dempsey had previously spent canada goose outlet uk sale two years in Saudi Arabia training the Saudi national guard. Army’s top canada goose outlet black friday officer in April.

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President Obama agreed. “With nearly 40 years in uniform, [Dempsey] is one of our nation’s most respected and combat tested generals,” he said Monday, in a speech announcing Dempsey nomination as the nation’s top military officer and principal adviser to the president on military issues. “I expect him to push all our forces to continue adapting and innovating to be ready for the missions of today and tomorrow.”

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“This really shows that Obama has matured in his relations with the military over the last two years and that has gone both ways,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales, an Army historian and former commandant of the Army War cheap canada goose College. “His initial discomfort with the intricacies of the military culture, and the military’s discomfort with Obama, has eased. I think Obama’s true empathy with those making sacrifices has allowed him to peel away layers of the military culture and see who’s best for the job.”

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Canada Goose Coats On Sale In contrast, Dempsey who took time off from his combat tours to complete a masters degree (English) at Duke University carries a reputation for a much more collegiate style of leadership common among soldiers under the stress of combat. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

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Dempsey will need that power in the years ahead as canada goose outlet london uk the Pentagon struggles to fend off deep budget cuts and with the inertia of the military brass to pursue expensive, “big ticket” solutions to security challenges. Already in the planning stages are a new long range bomber and costly high tech warships, for example, even before there is consensus on what strategic challenges lie ahead and how best to meet them.


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