President Obama Makes Defense Personnel Announcements

President Obama announces General Martin Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James Winnefeld as the Vice Chairman, and to succeed General Dempsey as Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno. May 30, 2011.

President Barack Obama listens as FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks about federal preparedness for the 2011 hurricane season, during a briefing in the Situation Room of the White House, June 1, 2011. Taking part in the meeting, clockwise from the President, are: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue; Heidi Avery, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; Doug Hoell, North Carolina State Emergency Manager; Gail McGovern, CEO American Red Cross; Mickey Caison, Chairman of the National Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters; Bill Read, Director, National Hurricane Center (on screen); Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

President Barack Obama listens as FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks about federal preparedness for the 2011 hurricane season, during a briefing in the Situation Room of the White House, June 1, 2011. Taking part in the meeting, clockwise from the President, are: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue; Heidi Avery, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; Doug Hoell, North Carolina State Emergency Manager; Gail McGovern, CEO American Red Cross; Mickey Caison, Chairman of the National Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters; Bill Read, Director, National Hurricane Center (on screen); Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

President Barack Obama talks with Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., in the Grand Foyer of the White House following a meeting with the Republican House Conference, June 1, 2011.

President Barack Obama talks with Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., in the Grand Foyer of the White House following a meeting with the Republican House Conference, June 1, 2011.

President Barack Obama talks with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, second right, following a meeting with the Republican House Conference in the East Room of the White House, June 1, 2011.

President Barack Obama talks with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, second right, following a meeting with the Republican House Conference in the East Room of the White House, June 1, 2011.