Joint Chiefs chairman confirmed for second term

Joint Chiefs chairman confirmed for second term
© Camille Fine

Gen. Joseph Dunford has been confirmed for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military officer in the country.

The Senate approved Dunford by voice vote Wednesday night, hours after the Senate Armed Services Committee did the same and a day after his confirmation hearing.

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Dunford’s easy confirmation was expected, as he’s highly respected by both Republicans and Democrats.

Dunford has been Joint Chiefs chairman since 2015 when he was nominated by former President Obama. In May, President Trump nominated him for a second term.

Prior to that, he was the commandant of the Marine Corps from October 2014 to September 2015. And from February 2013 to August 2014, he led U.S. forces and the international coalition in Afghanistan.

His confirmation hearing Tuesday provided a rundown of a slew of major issues facing the military, from the Iran deal to North Korea to transgender troops.