Saturday, September 26, 2015

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Retires and hands power over to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.

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General Dempsey retires, transitions Joint Chiefs of Staff chair

U.S. President Barack Obama congratulates General Martin Dempsey during Dempsey's retirement ceremony at Fort Myer, Virginia, September 25, 2015. Pool photo by Chris Kleponis/UPI
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is stepping down from his post as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, transitioning the responsibility to Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. on Friday.

The transition of responsibility and an Armed Forces Full Honors Retirement Ceremony will take place at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Dempsey's retirement marks the end of his over 41 years of service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Dempsey graduated from the United States Military Academy as an Armor officer in 1974. He went on to serve in the 1st Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment, later moving on to be the Executive Officer of the 3rd Brigade Armored Division during Operation Desert Storm.