President Barack Obama has chosen a Navy admiral and former deputy at U.S. Strategic Command as the organization's new leader.
Adm. Cecil Haney will take over for Gen. C. Robert Kehler, who has led StratCom since January 2011. The change of command will occur after Haney's appointment has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Haney's background is in submarines, according to his Navy biography. He was commissioned upon his graduation in 1978 from the U.S. Naval Academy and later served sea duty aboard the submarines USS Hyman G. Rickover, the USS Asheville, and the USS Honolulu as well as the sub tender USS Frank Cable. He commanded Submarine Squadron 1 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Submarine Group 2 at New London, Conn.
He was deputy commander for StratCom during 2011 before leaving to take charge of the Navy's Pacific Fleet Command.
Kehler was commissioned in the Air Force in 1975 after graduating from Penn State University. He served command tours with an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) squadron at Whiteman AFB, Mo.; an ICBM operations group at Malmstrong Air Force Base, Mont.; the 30th and 24th Space Wings; and the Air Force Space Command.
Kehler took over command of StratCom from Gen. Kevin Chilton on Jan. 28, 2011. He has overseen the beginning of construction on StratCom's new $1 billion headquarters building. His future plans haven't been announced, a StratCom spokeswoman said.
If he is confirmed, Haney would be the first Navy officer to lead StratCom since Adm. James O. Ellis, who commanded the organization from 2001-04.