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Dunford's Marine background prepped him for Joint Chiefs role

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 12:47 p.m. EDT May 8, 2015

Gen. Joseph Dunford's nomination to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff leaves the Marine Corps in need of a new top officer for the second time in less than a year. But it also represents history in the making for the Corps: If confirmed by the Senate, Dunford will become only the second Marine general in history to hold the prestigious position.

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