Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Minot AFB

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE The nation’s highest-ranking military officer, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit Minot Air Force Base on Monday.

Dempsey is the principal military adviser to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the National Security Council.

He is making a routine visit to the Minot base. While here, he will visit both 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing facilities, and conduct a town hall meeting for military members and their families, and Defense Department civilian employees.

He is the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in 2011, replaced Navy Adm. Mike Mullen. Mullen visited Minot AFB in February 2009. Earlier, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited the base on Dec. 1, 2008.

Before becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dempsey served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff.

When he was sworn in as chairman of the Joint Chiefs in September 2011, President Obama called Dempsey one of the military’s most battle-tested officers. After he was sworn in, Dempsey said that on his watch the military will remain strong, despite the pressure of budget cuts, The Associated Press reported.