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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford's Meeting with Croatian Chief of Defense Gen. Mirko Sundov
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford hosts Croatian Chief of Defense Gen. Mirko Sundov for an official visit in the Pentagon, Washington D.C., April 15, 2019.
April 15, 2019 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. met today with Croatian Chief of Defense Gen. Mirko Sundov.

DOD Official: Updated Transgender Policy Based on Treating All With Dignity
April 12, 2019 - Updates to the Defense Department’s transgender policy now take effect, and defense officials stressed the policy is anchored in the core value of treating all service members with dignity and respect.

Defense Leaders: Space Force Would Build, Accelerate American Space Capabilities
(Left to right) Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan; Air Force Secretary Heather A. Wilson; and Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, deliver testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee on the proposal to establish a United States Space Force, April 11, 2019. DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
April 11, 2019 - A United States Space Force would build on and accelerate the advantage the U.S. Air Force has given the American military in space, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford's Phone Call with Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Forces, Gen. Koji Yamazaki
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford greets Chief of Staff, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Gen. Koji Yamazaki during an office visit in the Pentagon, July 10, 2018.
April 9, 2019 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. spoke today with Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Forces, Gen. Koji Yamazaki.

USO spring tour entertains troops in Afghanistan
USO volunteers pose with chef and TV personality Robert Irvine, country singer Craig Morgan, former MLB player Shane Victorino, pro surfer and singer Makua Rothman, and UFC fighters B.J. Penn, Chris Weidman and Felice Herrig after the USO show at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, April 1, 2019. The USO has been bringing entertainment to service members overseas for more than 77 years to help keep them connected to their home and family. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Walter Carroll)
April 8, 2019 - Hundreds of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines currently deployed to Bagram and Kandahar airfields, Afghanistan, got a chance to meet celebrities and relax during two USO shows March 31 and April 1.
Joint Staff History

On April 2, 1963, the official Joint Chiefs of Staff badge was approved. On April 3, 1963, the JCS released Memorandum of Policy 142 authorizing the badge to be awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces assigned to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For personnel who serve 12 months on the Joint Staff, it becomes a permanent uniform item. 


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.

Read his complete message to the Joint Force released on Oct. 2, 2015

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