March 28, 2014
Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Distinguished Military Leadership AwardJoseph F. Dunford, Jr. assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan in February 2013. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated from St. Michael’s College and was commissioned in 1977. He previously served as the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps from October 2010 to December 2012.
General Dunford has served as an infantry officer at all levels. He commanded the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he commanded the 5th Marine Regiment. As a general officer, he has also served as the assistant division commander of the1st Marine Division; Marine Corps director of operations; vice director for operations on the Joint Staff; and the Marine Corps deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations. He commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force and served as the commander of Marine Forces US Central Command.
General Dunford is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, and the US Army War College. He holds an MA in government from Georgetown University and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.