Paul J. Selva, a logistician, to serve as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, making Selva the first military official with significant logistics expertise to rise so high in the Joint Chiefs' hierarchy.
The president made the announcement last Tuesday of the nominations of Selva
and of Marine Corps Gen.
Selva, a 35-year military veteran, is currently head of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, the organization that manages global air, land, and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.
Prior to that assignment, Selva
completed another logistics leadership job as commander of the Air Mobility Command
at the same base.
Instead of driving forklifts or 18-wheelers, though, Selva
has logged more than 3,100 hours of flight time as pilot of military aircraft such as the C-5, C-17A, C-141B, KC-10, KC-135A, and T-37.
is also a leader of competence and character," Dempsey told DoD News
worldwide logistics background will be crucial in addressing the fight against terrorism as well as many other challenges facing the military, according to government officials.
has been committed to partnerships that are a core principle of the national security strategy "whether it's supplying our joint force around the world in operations large and small, to supporting and keeping safe our diplomats and embassy personnel overseas," Obama said.