Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, assumed the role of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a ceremony held Friday in Arlington, Virginia, the Washington Post reported.
Missy Ryan writes Dunford took over the position from retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey during a handover ceremony attended by President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter.
Dunford served as commander of the U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan prior to the commandant post and Dempsey held the JCS chairman role for four years.
USA Today reported Friday Dempsey helped supervise the withdrawal of most U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq after a decade-long war.
He spent a year as commander of the Army’s 1st Armored Division in Iraq and supported the approach to limit the involvement of American forces in direct combat in response to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, USA Today reporter Tom Vanden Brook notes.