The Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard is remaining tight-lipped on his nomination to a senior military position. Major General Michael Dubie is President Obama’s pick to be the deputy Commander of Northern Command, based in Colorado Springs.
Speaking today on VPR’s Vermont Edition, Dubie said he’s honored to be nominated but can’t say much more. "I’ve been instructed to really not talk about it so that’s the position I have to tak," he said. "I’m not trying to be evasive, I’m just trying to comply with the rules."
The US Senate has to approve the nomination before Dubie can be confirmed. That could take a couple of months. If Dubie does depart, Deputy General Thomas Drew would take over as interim head of the Vermont Guard until a permanent replacement is elected. "I have a lot of good people who could take my job and do a fabulous job as the Adjutant General," Dubie said. " And I think they would have great respect in the community."