Obama Hails Joint Chiefs Nominee Dunford

President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the intelligence and combat experience of Gen. Joe Dunford, the Marine he has nominated to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s top uniformed military leader. Obama said at a White House ceremony, “I know Joe. I trust him. He’s already proven his ability to give his unvarnished military advice based on his experience on the ground.” Dunford is the commandant of the Marine Corps and previously served as top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He and the president worked closely to plot the planned American military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which enabled Obama to proclaim the formal “end” of combat operations there at the beginning of this year. That work left Obama “extraordinarily impressed” by Dunford, the president said Tuesday.