Admirals In Waiting

February 11, 1994|By Washington Bureau of The Sun

Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda, 55, commander in chief of U.S Forces, Europe, and commander of NATO's southern flank. Will command any NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serb forces around Sarajevo from his base in Naples, Italy. Has the Clintonesque appeal of having risen from the ranks, a military Horatio Alger. Is regarded as good with "people problems," a crucial ability in an era of military downsizing.

Adm. Charles R. Larson, 57, commander in chief of U.S. Pacific Command. The Vietnam veteran did President Clinton a service by endorsing the ending of the embargo on Vietnam. Is credited with being a good innovator, a key asset as the military downsizes and emphasizes force readiness.

Adm. Paul David Miller, 52, commander in chief of U.S. Atlantic Command, and NATO's Atlantic commander. The youngest contender, he suffered the misfortune of being President Clinton's escort officer when the president was given a cool reception by sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in March 1993. He is widely regarded as an accomplished political operator, which could be an attraction to a like-minded commander-in-chief.

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