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JFK Reshuffles Military High Command

July 20, 1962 - President Kennedy announced today a major reshuffling of the military high command, with a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a new U.S. commander in Europe. These were the shifts:

1. Gen. Lauris Norstad (center), commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe for the last 6 years, will retire Nov. 1.

2. Gen. Lyman L. Lemnitzer (right), whose 2-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expires Sept. 30, will replace Gen. Norstad as U.S. commander in Europe.

3. Gen. Maxwell Taylor, a former Army Chief of Staff who for the last year has been serving as military adviser to the President, will success Gen. Lemnitzer.

4. Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. European command, will become the new Army Chief of Staff for a two-year term. He will succeed Gen. George H. Decker, who will retire when his term expires Sept. 30.

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