Gen. Joe Dunford
Commander, US Forces in Afganistan
Cold Hard Facts
5 Facts you probaly didnt know
He has served over 35 years in the corps and comes from a family devoted to service. His father is a retired boston police officer and served in marines. His grandfather served in World War I. His mothers four brothers served in World War II.
The Boston native graduated from Boston College High School and went to college at St. Michael’s College. He’s a diehard fan of the Red Sox. Two Red Sox caps adorn his wall shelves in his office.
What’s in a Name?
He earned the nickname “Fightin’ Joe” while deployed to Iraq serving under Gen. James Mattis where he led Regimental Combat Team 5 during the initial invasion of Iraq.
As the leader of NATO’s coalition in Afghanistan he personalizes letters of condolence for every U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan. He attempts to do the same for fatalities from the other 48 nations that make up International Security Assistance Force.
He’s been ranked one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine. He said his first battalion commander told him the three rules to success … though he can only remember the first one — Surround yourself with good people.