The LA Times has an interesting profile up on Admiral Mike Mullen, current Chief of Naval Operations and nominated by SecDef for to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
There were a number of things I didn’t know about the Big Boss. The fact that he’d never intended to make the Navy a career for example. Or the fact that, like Chester Nimitz, the Admiral was selected for command at a very early age. No doubt this was a harbinger of future success, even if – much like Chester Nimitz, who grounded his first command – our CNO at one point ran his ship afoul of a navigational buoy.
There are worse things for a man’s character than to have to overcome significant adversity in his youth.
A kind of primus inter pares role, the chairmanship is nevertheless the pinnacle of uniformed achievement. If confirmed, ADM Mullen will be the first Navy officer to permanently hold the post since Bill Crowe in 1989.