WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 - President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who has commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan since February 2013, to be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.
If confirmed by the Senate, Dunford will succeed Gen. James F. Amos in the top Marine Corps post.
Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said there isn't a timeline for Dunford's transition out of Afghanistan, and did not say who will replace him there.
Before his tour in Afghanistan, Dunford served for two years as the Marine Corps' assistant commandant. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels. He commanded the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, and during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he commanded the 5th Marine Regiment.
His joint assignments include service as the executive assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and chief of the Joint Staff's Global and Multilateral Affairs Division.
He also has served as the assistant division commander of 1st Marine Division, as the Marine Corps director of operations, as the Joint Staff's vice director for operations and as Marine Corps deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations. He also commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces U.S. Central Command.
The general is a graduate of the U. S. Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, and the U. S. Army War College. He holds a master's degree in government from Georgetown University and a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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