Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, the nationís highest-ranking military officer, and the principal
military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National
to becoming Chairman on October 1, 2015, General Dunford served as the
36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He previously served as the
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2010 to 2012 and was
Commander, International Security Assistance Force and United States
Forces-Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014.
native of Boston, Massachusetts, General Dunford graduated from Saint
Michael's College and was commissioned in 1977. He has served as an
infantry officer at all levels, to include command of 2nd Battalion,
6th Marines, and command of the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation
Dunford also served as the Assistant Division Commander of the 1st
Marine Division, Marine Corps Director of Operations, and Marine Corps
Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations. He commanded I
Marine Expeditionary Force and served as the Commander, Marine Forces
U.S. Central Command.
Joint assignments include duty as the Executive Assistant to the Vice
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of the Global and
Multilateral Affairs Division (J-5), and Vice Director for Operations
on the Joint Staff (J-3).
graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious
Warfare School, and the U.S. Army War College, General Dunford also
earned masterís degrees in Government from Georgetown University and in
International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.