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Gen. Joseph Dunford Gets Senate OK for 2nd Term as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

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Joseph Dunford

The Senate on Wednesday passed through a voice vote the reappointment of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, DoD News reported Thursday.

Dunford will serve for another two-year term as principal military adviser to the president, defense secretary and members of the National Security Council.

His confirmation came a day after he fielded questions on the future presidential aircraft’s lack of aerial refueling capability during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his reappointment.

President Donald Trump nominated Dunford in May to retain his JCS chairmanship through September 2019.

Dunford assumed the chairman role in October 2015 after he previously served as commandant of the Marine Corps, assistant commandant of the service branch and head of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The 40-year Marine Corps veteran has initiated efforts to build up military-to-military relations with other countries and helped advance the National Military Strategy and the South Asian strategy.

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