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Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden - American Forces Press Service
Four people nominated to serve in the Defense Department in President-elect Barack Obama's administration will appear before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on Jan. 15 for confirmation hearings, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates appreciates the expediency with which the committee arranged the hearings, Morrell told Pentagon reporters.
The nominees are:
"The secretary emerged from interviews with all four of those individuals, impressed with their professional credentials, as well as their personal character," Morrell said. "He is grateful they have agreed to serve the nation and urges the Senate to confirm them as soon as possible after the inauguration, so as to help him ensure a smooth transfer of power within the department as we continue to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Gates is scheduled to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House Armed Services Committee Jan. 27 to testify on the challenges facing the Defense Department as Obama takes office, Morrell said.