Gen. Joe Dunford

Age: 58 Commander, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan

Interesting facts about Gen. Joseph Dunford

The Marine four-star General and leader af NATO's coalition in Afganistan " is probably the most complete warrior-statesman wearing a uniform today," says a former Marine commandant. Dunford tells Fortune his first battalion commander told him the three rules to success. The first? surround yourself with good people. "Over the years," says Dunford, "I've forgotten the other two."


"I was told five important tips in life... Though I can only remember one."

Early life

Dunford was born in Boston in 1955, and raised in Quincy Massachuessets. He is of Irish background and is a Chatholic?He graduated from Boston College high school in 1973 and from Saint Michaels College June 1977. He earned his commission the month he graduated college. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, Ranger school, and the Amphibious Warfare School. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown University and a second Master of Arts in International relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

How he became a leader

Prior to becoming commandant, Dunford commanded all U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan as the head of International Security Assistance Force. He also led a regimental combat team during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It was so effective that he was promoted.