President nominates assistant commandant of the Marine Corps

5 Aug 2010 | Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne

President Barack Obama announced his nomination Aug. 4 for Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford to be appointed assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.

Dunford currently serves as the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force and commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command.

The Boston native was commissioned in June 1977 after graduating from St. Michael's College. His military education also includes the U.S. Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and the U.S. Army War College. Additionally, Dunford has a master’s degree in both government and international relations.

“I am convinced that Gen. Amos and Lt. Gen. Dunford are the right team to lead the U.S. Marine Corps at this time, especially as it balances the capabilities needed to support current operations, its unique maritime heritage and its future role defending America,” said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in a statement.

If confirmed, Dunford will replace Gen. James F. Amos as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.

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