On Friday, December 7, 2018, we celebrated the career of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC. He received the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award from the Marshall Foundation in recognition of his distinguished career in USMC, his many contributions to U.S defense and his leadership of the military at the highest level. General Dunford became the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2015, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, General Dunford served as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, General Dunford graduated from Saint Michael’s College and was commissioned in 1977. A graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, and the U.S. Army War College, General Dunford also earned master’s degrees in Government from Georgetown University and in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
General 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. 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 IRAQI FREEDOM.
The George C. Marshall Foundation is grateful for our corporate sponsors of the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award – General Electric, AM General, Bell, Deloitte, and the VMI Foundation.
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