Gen. Joseph Dunford, the former International Security Assistance Force commander in Afghanistan, has taken a new role as the Marine Corps‘ commandant, DoD News reported Friday.
Claudette Roulo writes Gen. James Amos formally transferred USMC responsibility to Dunford during a change-of-command event held Friday at Marine Barracks in Washington.
Amos, the first aviation officer to hold the top USMC uniformed post, is retiring from the military after a 44-year career, according to DoD News.
“As commandant, Jim brought a Marine aviator’s focus, discipline and creativity to the challenges facing the Corps at this unique time in our history,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told event audience.
Hagel added that Amos worked to revitalize the military service’s amphibious and expeditionary programs and helped the branch strengthen its alliances with partner nations across the Asia-Pacific.