General Martin E. Dempsey is the 18th and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served 149 days as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army from April 11, 2011, to September 7, 2011. He speaks with the Christian Science Monitor on April 30, 2013.
General Martin E. Dempsey
General Martin E. Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nationâ€™s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Armyâ€™s 37th Chief of Staff.
Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.
As a company grade officer, he served with the 2nd Cavalry in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson. Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was assigned to the English Department at West Point. In 1991, GEN Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM. Following DESERT STORM, he commanded 4th Battalion 67th Armor (Bandits) in Germany for two years and then departed to become Armor Branch Chief in US Army Personnel Command. From 1996-1998 he served as the 67th Colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following this assignment as the Armyâ€™s â€œsenior scoutâ€ he served on the Joint Staff as an Assistant Deputy Director in J-5 and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From September 2001 to June 2003, General Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, General Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, GEN Dempsey served as the Deputy Commander and then Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded US Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008-March 2011.
General Dempseyâ€™s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with â€œVâ€ Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition to his Mastersâ€™ Degree in English, he holds Mastersâ€™ Degrees in Military Art and in National Security Studies.
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, explains the complicated politics of the recently-announced "Distinguished Warfare Medal," the first military service medal for drone- and cyber-related combat.
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, touches on several "bad habits" of federal defense spending. Dempsey notes healthcare, infrastructure, and an "excessive" reliance on defense contractors as problem areas.