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DOD Marks 70th Anniversary of the Chairmanship
Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson swears in U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley as the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Aug. 16, 1949.
Aug. 15, 2019 - This week marks the 70th anniversary of the swearing-in of Army Gen. Omar N. Bradley as the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This followed the Aug. 10, 1949 signing of an amendment to the National Security Act by President Truman, which created the permanent position of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified the control of the Armed Forces under the secretary of defense, and renamed the National Military Establishment as the Department of Defense.

McConville succeeds Milley as Army Chief of Staff
Army Gen. James C. McConville speaks during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, Aug. 9 in which he succeeded Army Gen. Mark A. Milley as Army chief of staff.
Aug. 12, 2019 - Acting Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy swore in Gen. James C. McConville as the 40th Army chief of staff during an Aug. 9 ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. McConville succeeds Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, who has been confirmed as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and will take office at the end of September.

Milley Dispels 'Myths of War'
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley receives a briefing about the work done by Task Force Rifles soldiers in Iraq, Jan. 6, 2019. Milley spoke with coalition service members to get an on-the-ground perspective of the defeat-ISIS mission.
Aug. 9, 2019 - The 39th Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley is a firm believer that a strong military is key in a whole-of-government approach to national security issues.

NSA Hosts Top Pentagon Enlisted Leaders to Showcase Mission
U.S. Cyber Command Commander and NSA Director Gen. Paul M. Nakasone greets one of 20 senior enlisted leaders from across the Department of Defense at the Defense Senior Enlisted Leader Conference July 23, 2019, at the Integrated Cyber Center, Fort Meade, Maryland.
Aug. 7, 2019 - U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and National Security Agency (NSA) showcased their partnership at the annual Defense Senior Enlisted Leader Conference July 23, 2019. Twenty of the Pentagon’s top enlisted leaders converged at the agency’s new Integrated Cyber Center to engage in forums centered on national defense priorities.

Statement from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. on the Confirmation of Vice Adm. Mike Gilday:
Navy Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for the position of Chief Naval Operations, at the U.S. Senate Dirksen Building in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2019.
Aug. 1, 2019 - Statement from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. on the Confirmation of Vice Adm. Mike Gilday: "On behalf of the entire Joint Staff team, congratulations and Bravo Zulu to Vice Adm. Mike Gilday on his Senate confirmation to serve at the rank of admiral and as the next chief of naval operations."
Chairman's Focus on Global Integration

“The Joint Chiefs of Staff, in view of their global responsibilities and their perspective with respect to the worldwide strategic situation, are in a better position than any single theater commander to assess the risk of general war. Moreover, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are best able to judge our own military resources with which to meet that risk.” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Omar N. Bradley in 1951 to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Chairman's Key Areas

• Restore joint readiness.
Our fundamental responsibility to the Nation is to be a ready force.

• Improve our joint warfighting capability.
We must maintain our ability to deter potential adversaries. When deterrence fails, we will deliver Joint Forces that can fight and win.

• Develop leaders for Joint Forces Next.
The future operating environment will place new demands on leaders at all levels. Our leaders must have the training, education, and experience to meet those demands.

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Joint Staff History

On Aug. 10, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an amendment to the 1947 National Security Act, which officially established the permanent role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Army Gen. Omar N. Bradley was sworn in as the first chairman on Aug. 16, 1949 by then-Secretary of Defense Louis JohnsonWatch historic footage from this event.

Defense Secretary Louis A. Johnson swears in General of the Army Omar N. Bradley as the nation’s first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Aug. 16, 1949. DoD photo

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