Gen. Joe Dunford

Commander, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan

Born in Boston in 1995 and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts, Joe Dunford earned his commissino the month of his college graduation. He is a graduate from the United States Army War College, Ranger School, and the Amphibious Warfare School.

In 1978, Dunford served in the 1st Marine Division as a platoon and company commander in 3rd Battalion 1st Marines and a company commander in 1st Battalion 9th marines until 1981. He served as the aideto the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force for a year, then transferred to the Officer Assignment Branch at Headquarters Marine Corps.