Gen. Joe Dunford
Leader of the US Forces in Afghanistan
Birth and Young Life for Gen. Dunford
Born on December 8,1955 Joe Dunford comes from a family in which there was a heavy military background. His father served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal and his grandfather served in World War II. This seasoned veteran was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is a die-hard Red Sox fan. Dunford was commissioned in 1977 as a Battalion leader.
Why do you feel compelled to follow him?
Dunford has a very attractive resume. As former Marine Forces Central Command Officer, I Marine Expeditionary Force Commander, 5th Marine Regiment Commander, 2nd Battalion 6th Marines Commander, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, and current Commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and Commander of the ISAF, and above all of that, he is the current Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Many people find this many qualifications overwhelming and begin to follow someone that they don't really admire all that much.
Leaders are Made... Not born
Opposite of the great man theory, this man's dedication to his Corps is one of many reasons why Dunford is a revered leader. Dedication to the service from his family is often shown to make people want to put him in a position of power. Experience and Dedication inherent qualities of a leader in this Lieutenant General.
Even Leaders don't have to try as much as you might think
With the impressive combat record, disciplined manner he presents himself, and the family history, this Commandant doesn't have to show every single one of his leadership qualities whenever he makes an order or draws up a plan. If it's succesful then his loyal Marines will follow him.