President Obama announced the nomination of Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Wednesday.
Already a member of the Joint Chiefs round-table as Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Dunford would replace Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman when his term expires in the fall. Confirmation hearings will be held in the Senate before then, and a majority vote will advance Gen. Dunford to be the highest ranking officer in the U.S. military.
“I’ve known him very well for many years and he’s an outstanding leader. I’m very, extremely enthusiastic about his selection. He’s a combat veteran. He’s a warrior,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain about Dunford
Gen. Dunford served in two key roles since 9/11, first as commander of the 5th Marine Regiment during the 2003 Iraq invasion, and more recently as the leader of coalition forces during the American troops drawn-down in Afghanistan in 2013.
Besides his extensive military experience, Dunford also holds a Master of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown, and a second master’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University in Massachusetts.
[CNN] [Photo courtesy Stephen Crowley/New York Times]