09.30.19

Comment On The Retirement Of General Joseph Dunford As Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff

Marine Four-Star General Joseph Dunford retired today as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He’s an exceptional and visionary leader who I’ve known for years, especially from when he was the Commandant of the Marine Corps. As the father of a Marine I looked at Joe Dunford as the best the Corps could have. He is a good friend and I enjoyed the conversations we’d have, often over breakfast, but also when he came to give the commencement address at St. Michael's College in Vermont. Both of us are St. Mike’s alums, and we both did our graduate work at Georgetown University. Marcelle and I were honored to travel with him then to Vermont, and all three of us are proud recipients also of honorary degrees from St. Mike’s.

He told the graduates, “have the moral courage to do what’s right, even when it’s tough.  Commit to serving something bigger than yourselves.” General Dunford has led by example. Marcelle and I join a grateful nation in sending our best wishes to him and to Ellyn as they begin their next chapter.

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