Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, commander of Northern Command and NORAD, both based at Peterson Air Force Base, has been nominated as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Obama, the Army Times reports.
Obama nominated Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
Winnefeld took command at NorthCom and the North American Aerospace Defense Command in May 2010 and gave his first one-on-one newspaper interview to the Independent in June.
The Army Times reported Winnefeld will replace Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, current service vice chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who had been pegged as a front-runner to replace Mullen. Cartwright had recently been investigated for his relationship with a young female aide, which some speculated hurt his changes to move up.
“Sandy knows we have to be prepared for the full range of challenges,” Obama said, according to the Times.