[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1993, Book II)]
[December 21, 1993]
[Page 2199]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Nomination for Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
December 21, 1993

    The President announced his intention today to nominate Adm. William 
A. Owens, USN, to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
Department of Defense. Admiral Owens will succeed Adm. David E. 
Jeremiah, USN, who is retiring.
    ``Admiral Owens has served his country proudly and with distinction 
for 35 years. He has held a number of challenging assignments and 
demonstrated strong leadership ability,'' said the President. ``I am 
certain that he will perform up to the high standards set by his 
predecessor, Admiral Jeremiah, in this key post.''

Note: A biography of the nominee was made available by the Office of the 
Press Secretary.