Armed Forces: Change of Command

The chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has traditionally belonged to the Army. Four of the six men to serve as chairman since the post was created in 1949 have been Army men, including General Earle Wheeler, who has held the post for the past six years. Only one has been an Air Force man, only one an admiral. Now the Navy is going to be in command again. Upon Wheeler's retirement this week, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Thomas Moorer, 58, will take over as chairman.

Coolly Competent. Moorer is a logical choice to chair the Joint...

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