President Bush named a top marine to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today. If the Senate agrees, General Peter Pace would be the first marine ever to hold the top job.
Pace is 59 years old and currently serves as vice chairman to Air Force General Richard Myers, who's retiring in September. He's served in Vietnam, Korea and Somalia and commanded U.S. southern command before moving to the chiefs. Introduced by President Bush at the White House, Pace called his selection "both exhilarating and humbling," given the challenges of leading the war on terror.
President Bush says Pace is known for his devotion to the troops.