Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Brigadier General H.R. McMaster

The always excellent Small Wars Journal passes on the report from Stars and Stripes that Army Colonel H.R. McMaster will be promoted to Brigadier General. When COL McMaster was passed over for promotion last year, it seemed like a discouraging message to young dynamic officers. His promotion seems like a step in the right direction.

Congratulations, sir, and charlie mike.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q Mr. Secretary?

SEC. GATES: Last question.

Q You opened up with a couple of promotions. Yesterday Colonel H.R. McMaster was nominated for his first star, after having been passed over a couple of times. That was just a bare-bones list. Do you care to elaborate on what this means, if anything?

SEC. GATES: Probably not. (Laughs.) (Laughter.)

ADM. MULLEN: Let me -- actually, the one thing I would take some issue with is that he's, quote-unquote, "been passed over." I come from a position when you get selected for admiral or general, you go into the zone and it's an enormously small percentage that get picked. And actually, as years in the service, I think he's either got 23 or 24, having been selected a couple years after that myself, I'm not sure that he's not more junior than many people think.

Delighted with his selection, and I think it says an awful lot about where we are, the kind of fights that we're in and the kind of focus that we need.

7/18/2008 2:06 AM  

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