On Oct. 1, 1986, the Goldwater-Nichols DoD Reorganization Act was signed into law. This act identified the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the senior ranking member of the Armed Forces and principal military adviser to the President. It also created the position of the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as clarified the command authority for the combatant commanders.
Learn more about its impact on the Joint Staff.
Joint Chiefs of Staff in Oct. 13, 1987
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Alfred M. Gray; Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Carlisle A. H. Trost; Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Larry D. Welch; Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Carl Edward Vuono; 11th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. William J. Crowe, Jr.; and 1st Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Robert T. Herres