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Bush Nominates Pace to Chair Joint Chiefs

President Bush announces Marine Gen. Peter Pace, right, as his nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
President Bush wants Marine Corps General Peter Pace to be the next chairman of the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President Bush says he is counting on General Pace to bring the Marine Corps' can-do spirit to the job.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs commands no troops and is not in the military chain of command to units on the ground. Instead, he acts as the principal military adviser to the president and defense secretary.

General Pace would be the first Marine in the post and says it is a great honor.

"This is an incredible moment for me," he said. "It is both exhilarating and humbling. It's exhilarating because I have the opportunity, if confirmed by the Senate, to continue to serve this great nation. It's humbling because I know the challenges ahead are formidable."

General Pace is expected to easily win Senate confirmation. President Bush says the general will help transform the U.S. armed force to defeat today's enemies and prepare for future challenges.