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5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr.

Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. has been chosen by President Barack Obama as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. Following senate confirmation, Dunford will relieve Gen. James F. Amos this fall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder/Released)

Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. has been chosen by President Barack Obama as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. Following senate confirmation, Dunford will relieve Gen. James F. Amos this fall. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Reece Lodder/Released)

President Barack Obama has chosen Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as our next commandant of the Marine Corps. The decision is pending senate confirmation. Dunford has been called “probably the most complete warrior-statesman wearing a uniform today.” Here are five things you might not have known about him.

Family Tradition

He has served 37 years in the Corps (since 1977) and comes from a family devoted to service. His father is a retired Boston police officer and Marine who fought at the Frozen Chosin. His grandfather served in World War I. His mother’s four brothers served in World War II. “You graduated from South Boston High, and you went into the Marine Corps,” Dunford’s father said.

Go Sawx!

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.

True Gentleman

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.

World Leader

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.

(Sources: Fortune Magazine, Boston Globe, BBC News)

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  • eatingdogfood

    Brilliant !!!

  • http://www.firstimpressionsvideo.com TerryTheNib

    Amazing that Gen. Dunford went into the USMC a year after I LEFT active duty. Where the hell did the time go?!?! Congrats, “General D” and a hearty OOH-RAH to you!

  • Amon Amarth

    He looks like e true Marine.

  • Judy Noggle Young

    And he’s handsome too……