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06/10/03 - Washington, D.C.

Rumsfeld Chooses Next Army Chief

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is sidestepping protocol for his next Army chief of staff.

Sources say he'll name retired four-star general Peter Schoomaker to become the Army's top general.

The choice may raise some eyebrows -- because it's rare to bypass senior active-duty generals in favor of a retired officer for such a post.

Schoomaker is the former U.S. Special Operations commander at Fort Bragg who retired in 2000. He was a college football star who went on to serve with Army armor and cavalry units, and later in the Army's secretive Delta Force, which specializes in counter-terrorism missions.

The nomination -- which will need Senate approval -- has not been officially announced.

The current chief of staff, General Eric Shinseki, retires tomorrow.

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