U.S. Senate confirms Haney for Stratcom, Scaparrotti for Korean forces

The U.S. Senate recently confirmed President Barack Obama's nominations of Navy Admiral Cecil Haney to command U.S. Strategic Command and Army Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti to command U.S. Forces Korea.

The Senate also approved Scaparrotti's promotion to full general. Scaparrotti will command U.N. Command and Republic of Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command. He is currently the director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. The Senate officially confirmed the nominations on August 1.

Haney is currently the commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet and he previously served as Stratcom's deputy commander. In July, Haney told Congress he would make providing a secure, safe and effective strategic nuclear deterrent his top priority if confirmed.

"As long as other countries have nuclear weapons, we are required to have a safe, secure and effective means to address that," Haney said.

In May, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised Scaparrotti's leadership and moral capabilities.

"I can think of no finer officer to lead U.S. forces in Korea than Lt. Gen. Curt Scaparrotti," Dempsey said. "'Scap' is an exceptionally competent leader with the moral character to match. Like our current commander, Gen. (James) D. Thurman, he is well-suited to sustaining our strong alliance with the Republic of Korea. Scap's quiet confidence has delivered success throughout his career."