Congratulations to General Joseph Dunford, nominated by Secretary of Defense Hagel to be the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Marine Corps Times has the story.
I have known General Dunford a long time, since he was the MOI at Holy Cross in the late 80s. I had the distinct honor to serve with then-Colonel Dunford in Al Anbar in 2004, when he was MajGen Mattis’ Chief of Staff. BGen John Kelly was the ADC, and LtGen James Conway had the MEF (and the MEF SgtMaj was the incomparable Carlton Kent). What a team! Joe Dunford also skipped a pay grade. He was nominated for his second star, and before he pinned on his new rank, picked up his third star! Nearly unheard of in today’s day and age.
Lord knows, the Marine Corps needs a warrior, and an INFANTRY OFFICER at its helm. The infantryman is the very soul of the Marine Corps, and the Commandant should be someone who knows him and his comrades intimately. Besides, the Amos years have not been good.
Congratulations, General Joe Dunford. Our Marine Corps is in your capable hands. Right where it should be. Godspeed.
(I am willing to overlook that he went to BC High.)
H/T to LTCOL P