THE STORY OF

18

In the hallway outside General Dempsey's office in the Pentagon were the portraits of the 17 former Chairmen who had preceded him. These portraits were a reminder of the obligations of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: a deep understanding of our history, uncompromising commitment to the system of government established by our Constitution, relentless support for those who serve and their families, unshakeable resolve, and great moral courage. To remind himself of these obligations and the continuity of service he inherited as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey signed his name simply as 18.

THE 19 CHAIRMEN OF THE

JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

JOSEPH DUNFORD

CURRENT CHAIRMAN

1
1

General Omar Bradley

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2
2

Admiral Arthur W. Radford

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3
3

General Nathan F. Twining

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4
4

General Lyman Lemnitzer

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5
5

General Maxwell D. Taylor

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6
6

General Earle Wheeler

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7
7

Admiral Thomas H. Moorer

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8
8

General George S. Brown

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9
9

General David C. Jones

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10
10

General John W. Vessey Jr.

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11
11

Admiral William J. Crowe

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12
12

General Colin Powell

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13
13

General John Shalikashvili

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14
14

General Hugh Shelton

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15
15

General Richard B. Myers

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16
16

General Peter Pace

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17
17

Admiral Michael Mullen

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18
18

General Martin Dempsey

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AND

JOSEPH DUNFORD

CURRENT CHAIRMAN

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff