President Obama Taps Cecil D. Haney to Head US  Strategic Command

Haney would preside over operations in tandem with government agencies to detect and prevent strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

Posted: 06/27/2013 07:35 PM EDT

President Obama has nominated Admiral Cecil D. Haney to head the U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom).

As commander of Stratcom, Haney will preside over global operations in tandem with appropriate government agencies to detect and prevent strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies.

A Washington D.C. native, Haney graduated the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering in 1978. He also holds master’s degrees from the Naval Post Graduate School and the National Defense University.

Haney has been recognized for distinguished naval service though special awards such as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. In 1998 Haney was the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipient.

Currently the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Haney will succeed Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, if confirmed by the Senate.

Navy Vice Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., who is the assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, has also been nominated by the president to succeed Haney as Pacific Fleet commander.

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(Photo: David Kolmel/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

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