New CentCom Chief Living (comparatively) Like A King

Tongues are wagging down at U.S. Central Command in Florida where the new boss's style seems to be irking a few subordinates. They tell us that unlike former CentCom head Gen. John Abizaid, new boss Adm. William Fallon is more formal-and demanding. Examples: He wants an admiral's mess installed and isn't keen on staffers using his in-office video conferencing hookup when he's not in town. Officially, it's explained this way: Fallon wanted a mess for himself and senior officers that will also function as a conference room, teleconference studio, and diplomatic reception area.

By Paul Bedard