Joseph Dunford is a United States Marine Corps general and served as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2015 until 2019. Dunford graduated from Georgetown University, Army War College, Ranger School, United States Army Airborne School, and Amphibious Warfare School. Dunford also received a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to his role as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dunford served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1991. Dunford, then, was assigned to command the 5th Marine Regiment as the chief of staff and assistant commander where he earned his nickname “Fighting Joe.” In 2008, Dunford was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to gain the permanent rank of Major General. In 2015, President Obama nominated Dunford to be the next Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, which the Senate approved. In 2017, President Trump also nominated Dunford to resume the same role as the Chairman which the Senate approved again his second term until September 30, 2019.