By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden has appointed Navy Admiral Christopher Grady to be the next Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
If confirmed, Grady, who currently heads the US Navy’s Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., Would become the country’s second military officer, replacing Air Force General John Hyten. Hyten will retire later this month.
Grady’s appointment has been delayed for a long time, making it very likely that there will be a job gap once Hyten leaves on November 19. Grady’s name was sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, and it is not clear when a hearing on the appointment would be scheduled.
Graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Grady joined the Navy in 1984, and his first posting at sea was on the USS Moosbrugger as a Combat Information Center Officer and Anti Warfare Officer -submarine.
He served as the commander of ships in the Pacific and the Middle East in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He took over command of the US Naval Forces and North Command of the US Naval Forces in 2018. He has also served as the Chief of Strategic Command of the US Naval Forces.
Grady was also previously commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet, based in Naples, Italy. He holds an MA from Georgetown University and the National War College.
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