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Director of the Joint Staff

Director of the Joint Staff
Incumbent
Lt Gen David L. Goldfein, USAF

since August 2013
Formation 19 September 1949
First holder MG Alfred M. Gruenther, USA
Website Official Website

The Director of the Joint Staff (DJS) is a three-star officer who assists the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, who have been assigned to assist the Chairman with the unified strategic direction, operation, and integration of the combatant land, naval, and air forces. The Director also chairs meetings of the Operations Deputies, a subsidiary body comprising the Director and a three-star delegate from each service who preview or resolve issues before they are escalated to the level of the four-star Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1]

The Director of the Joint Staff is selected by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and subject to the approval of the Secretary of Defense.[1] As with all three- and four-star positions, the Director's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. The position of Director is considered one of the most desirable three-star billets in the United States military establishment,[2] for the position has historically served as a large stepping stone for an officer to be considered for a four-star billet.

The current Director of the Joint Staff is Lieutenant General David L. Goldfein, USAF.[3]

List of Directors of the Joint Staff

This is a complete list of the Directors of the Joint Staff.[4] An asterisk (*) indicates an acting Director.

Of the 41 Directors of the Joint Staff as of 2012, 30 have been promoted to four-star rank while on active duty, as has one acting Director; and a 31st former Director was promoted to that rank upon retirement. Moreover, 22 of the last 23 Directors have been promoted to four-star rank within a year of leaving the Joint Staff.

No. Image Name Service Start End Notes
1 MG Alfred M. Gruenther USA 17 September 1947 19 September 1949 Promoted to general, 1951
2 RADM Arthur C. Davis USN 20 September 1949 1 November 1951 Retired as admiral, 1955
3 Lt Gen Charles P. Cabell USAF 2 November 1951 23 April 1953 Promoted to general, 1958
4 LTG Frank F. Everest USAF 24 April 1953 18 March 1954 Promoted to general, 1957
5 LTG Lemuel Mathewson USA 19 March 1954 14 March 1956
6 VADM Bernard L. Austin USN 15 March 1956 31 March 1958
7 Lt Gen Oliver S. Picher USAF 1 April 1958 31 March 1960
8 LTG Earle G. Wheeler USA 1 April 1960 24 February 1962 Promoted to general, 1962
9 VADM Herbert D. Riley USN 25 February 1962 23 February 1964 Retired as vice admiral, 1964
10 Lt Gen David A. Burchinal USAF 24 February 1964 31 July 1966 Promoted to general, 1966
11 LTG Andrew J. Goodpaster USA 1 August 1966 31 March 1967 Promoted to general, 1968
12 LTG Berton E. Spivy USA 1 April 1967 31 July 1968 Promoted to general, 1968
13 VADM Nels C. Johnson USN 1 Aug 1968 19 July 1970
14 Lt Gen John W. Vogt USAF 20 July 1970 7 April 1972 Promoted to general, 1972
* RADM Mason B. Freeman USN 8 April 1972 11 June 1972
15 LTG George M. Seignious II USA 12 June 1972 31 May 1974
16 VADM Harry D. Train II USN 1 June 1974 30 June 1976 Promoted to admiral, 1978
17 Lt Gen Ray B. Sitton USAF 1 July 1976 30 June 1977
18 VADM Patrick J. Hannifin USN 1 July 1977 20 June 1978
* MG John A. Wickham Jr. USA 1 July 1978 21 August 1978
19 LTG John A. Wickham Jr. USA 22 August 1978 22 June 1979 Promoted to general, 1979
20 VADM Carl Thor Hanson USN 22 June 1979 30 June 1981
21 Lt Gen James E. Dalton USAF 1 July 1981 30 June 1983 Promoted to general, 1983
22 LTG Jack N. Merritt USA 1 July 1983 30 June 1985 Promoted to general, 1985
23 VADM Powell F. Carter Jr. USN 1 July 1985 14 August 1987 Promoted to admiral, 1987
24 LTG Robert W. RisCassi USA 15 August 1987 30 November 1988 Promoted to general, 1988
25 Lt Gen Hansford T. Johnson USAF 1 December 1988 20 September 1989 Promoted to general, 1989
* MajGen Gene A. Deegan USMC 21 September 1989 26 September 1989
26 Lt Gen Michael P.C. Carns USAF 27 September 1989 16 May 1991 Promoted to general, 1991
27 Lt Gen Henry Viccellio Jr. USAF 17 May 1991 1 December 1992 Promoted to general, 1992
28 VADM Richard C. Macke USN 1 December 1992 17 July 1994 Promoted to admiral, 1994
* Maj Gen Charles T. Robertson Jr. USAF 19 July 1994 24 July 1994 Promoted to general, 1998
29 Lt Gen Walter Kross USAF 25 July 1994 12 July 1996 Promoted to general, 1996
* MG Stephen T. Rippe USA 13 July 1996 13 September 1996
30 VADM Dennis C. Blair USN 14 September 1996 12 December 1998 Promoted to admiral, 1999
31 VADM Vernon E. Clark USN 12 December 1998 26 July 1999 Promoted to admiral, 1999
32 LtGen Carlton W. Fulford Jr. USMC 26 July 1999 14 July 2000 Promoted to general, 2000
33 VADM Scott A. Fry USN July 2000 October 2001
34 LTG John P. Abizaid USA 16 October 2001 23 January 2003 Promoted to general, 2003
35 LTG George W. Casey Jr. USA January 2003 October 2003 Promoted to general, 2003
36 VADM Timothy J. Keating USN 13 October 2003 October 2004 Promoted to admiral, 2004
37 Lt Gen Norton A. Schwartz USAF October 2004 August 2005 Promoted to general, 2005
38 LTG Walter L. Sharp USA August 2005 May 2008 Promoted to general, 2008
* Maj Gen Stephen M. Goldfein USAF May 2008 August 2008
39 LTG Stanley A. McChrystal USA August 2008 10 June 2009 Promoted to general, 2009
* RADM Bruce E. Grooms USN 10 June 2009 August 2009
40 LTG Lloyd J. Austin III USA August 2009 30 June 2010 Promoted to general, 2010
41 VADM William E. Gortney USN 1 July 2010 August, 2012 Promoted to admiral, 2012
42 LTG Curtis M. Scaparrotti USA August, 2012 August, 2013 Promoted to general, 2013
43 Lt Gen David L. Goldfein USAF August, 2013 (incumbent) Younger brother of Maj Gen Stephen M. Goldfein.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director Responsibility Statement, Joint Chiefs of Staff 
  2. ^ Woodward, Bob (2006), State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, Simon and Schuster, pp. 22, 40,  
  3. ^ http://www.jcs.mil/biography.aspx?ID=214
  4. ^ Historical Office (2004), Department of Defense Key Officials, 1947-2004, Office of the Secretary of Defense, p. 61 
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