Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., United States Marine Corps, will receive the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award from the George C. Marshall Foundation at a dinner in Washington, DC on December 7 at the Mayflower Hotel. Reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a dinner and program at 7:30 pm.
General Dunford is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 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 on October 1, 2015, 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.
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