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Correction to the record
Jan. 9, 2019 - A story posted online today by a U.S. media outlet incorrectly reported that Gen. Dunford told his Turkish counterpart during meetings in Ankara yesterday that U.S. observations posts in Syria would remain in place indefinitely.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford's Visit to Turkey
National Security Adviser John Bolton and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meet with Turkish National Security Adviser Ibrahim Kalin at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey, Jan. 8, 2019.
Jan. 8, 2019 - Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. traveled to Turkey Jan. 7-8 to accompany National Security Advisor Amb. John Bolton to a meeting in Ankara with senior Turkish government officials.

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford’s Phone Call with Russian Chief of the General Staff Gen. Gerasimov
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Russian Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, at Königstedt Manor in Helsinki, Finland, June 8, 2018.
Jan. 4, 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 with Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov by telephone today.

Shanahan Stresses National Defense Strategy in First Meetings as Acting Secretary
Reporters greet Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan as he arrives at the Pentagon, Jan. 1, 2019. Shanahan assumed duty as acting secretary following the departure of former Defense Secretary James N. Mattis. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Jan. 3, 2019 - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan will use the National Defense Strategy as his blueprint moving forward.

Final stop for the Chairman's 2018 USO Holiday Tour
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with deployed soldiers in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 26, 2018. Dunford, along with USO entertainers, visited service members who are away from home during the holidays. This year’s entertainers include actors Milo Ventimiglia, Wilmer Valderrama, DJ J Dayz, Fittest Man on Earth Matt Fraser, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White, Country Music Singer Kellie Pickler, and comedian Jessiemae Peluso.
Dec. 27, 2018 - POZNAN, Poland -- Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, concludes
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Gen. Dunford on the Fight Against Violent Extremism

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:37:57 +0000

At his third Chiefs of Defense conference, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it’s not about winning the war against violent extremism - it’s about winning peace.
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In May of 1975, the U.S. merchant vessel
SS Mayaguez and her crew were taken hostage in a crisis that would challenge the national security decision making of acting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. David C. Jones
and President Gerald R. Ford.

Follow National Defense University Professor and Research Fellow Christopher Lamb as he analyzes decades of mischaracterization and extracts lessons on mission command philosophy, civil-military relations, and national security reform. Download the book here.

Above: U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Ray Porter, left, and Capt. Walt Wood raise the American flag above the Mayaguez on May 15, 1975. Naval History and Heritage Command Vietnam Collection. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Chan)

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