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President Obama on Thursday announced his intent to nominate Gen. Philip Breedlove as the next Supreme Allied Commander Europe and head of US European Command. "For over three decades, General Breedlove has served with distinction in assignments at all levels of the US Air Force and around the globe, from Washington to Germany, Italy, Spain, and South Korea," said Obama in a statement. Breedlove has been serving since July 2012 as commander of US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa at Ramstein AB, Germany. Prior to that, he was the Air Force's vice chief of staff. In his current roles, "General Breedlove has established trust and deep relations with our NATO allies and partners," said Obama. If the Senate confirms the nomination, Breedlove would succeed Adm. Jim Stavridis, who has been SACEUR and EUCOM boss since summer 2009, in the late spring, according to the March 28 statement. Briefing reporters in the Pentagon on Thursday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called Breedlove "an extraordinary leader with the moral character to match," and someone "worthy of the confidence that he has already earned among our allies in Europe." Breedlove's name surfaced last month as the potential nominee after Obama's initial pick, Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, announced that he would retire from the military and step away from his nomination. (Hagel-Dempsey transcript)