WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to announce Monday that he will name Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, rounding out the new Pentagon team charged with the delicate task of winding down the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan.
Obama is likely to nominate Dempsey as the successor to outgoing chairman Adm. Michael G. Mullen at an event in the Rose Garden on Memorial Day, an administration official said Saturday.
Dempsey has served as Army chief of staff since April. If confirmed by the Senate, he would come to the Joint Chiefs job with extensive experience in Iraq, having served two tours of duty in the war launched by President George W. Bush in 2003.
Montana gets brief respite from flooding
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HELENA, Mont. —Crews and residents frustrated by a week of major flooding across Montana cleared debris from roadways and some muddied homes on Saturday, even as they braced for more heavy rainfall expected over the Memorial Day weekend.
A respite in weather that has brought as much as 8 inches of rainfall over a span of a few days to some areas of the state had allowed waters to recede slightly in several flooded communities.
But the break in the rain looked to be brief with the National Weather Service predicting up to 3 inches of rainfall today and Monday, and meteorologist Keith Meier warned the moisture would raise flood waters. High temperatures and melting snow next week would likely swell rivers for even longer, he said.