Three yes-es, one not-just-yet as new Pentagon military lineup takes shape

Three yes-es, one not-just-yet as new Pentagon military lineup takes shape

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, left, speaks to Lt. Gen. David H. Berger before a change of command at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 8, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Olivia G. Ortiz)

WASHINGTON — The new face of Pentagon military leadership is taking place, as the Senate has confirmed two new members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one other top post.

Approved Friday were Gen. James McConville to be the Army’s new chief of staff; Adm. Bill Moran to be the Navy’s new chief of naval operations, and Vice Adm. Robert Burke as the next vice chief of naval operations.

Left waiting: Lt. Gen. David Berger to serve as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. A hold was placed on his nomination by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

Berger, a former infantry platoon commander, is commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, at Quantico, Va. He served in Iraq in Operation Desert Storm and commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sullivan’s office did not offer a reason for the hold. Earlier, however, reports said Sullivan had concerns about Alaska issues and the Marine Corps — which has a small presence in the largest state (by land).

Sullivan is a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves. While active duty he served as a staff officer to Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, spending substantial time in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and later served in Afghanistan.

McConville is replacing Gen. Mark Milley, who has been nominated for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Also to be filled is a new Air Force chief of staff.

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