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Encyclopedia > Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is by law the highest ranking military officer of the United States military, and the principal military advisor to the President of the United States. He leads the meetings and coordinates the efforts of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), comprising the Chairman, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chiefs of Staff of the United States Army and United States Air Force, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. The Joint Chiefs of Staff have offices in The Pentagon. The armed forces of the United States of America consist of the United States Army United States Navy United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Coast Guard Note: The United States Coast Guard has both military and law enforcement functions. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States of America symbol The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is a grouping comprising the Chiefs of service of each major branch of the armed services in the United States armed forces. ... The position of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was created by the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. ... The Flag of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army The Chief of Staff of the United States Army (CSA) is the professional head of the United States Army who is responsible for insuring readiness of the Army. ... The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (CSAF) serves as the senior uniformed United States Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. ... The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is the senior military officer in the United States Navy. ... The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps is the highest ranking officer of the United States Marine Corps, who is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reports to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. ... The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located at 48 N. Rotary Road, Arlington, Virginia 22211 (Map). ...


Although the office of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is considered very important and highly prestigious, neither the Chairman nor the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a body have any command authority over combatant forces. The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense directly to the commanders of the several combatant commands. However, the Chairman may transmit communications to the commanders of the combatant commands from the President and Secretary of Defense. For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, concerned with the armed services and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ... A Unified Combatant Command is composed of forces from two or more services, has a broad and continuing mission, and is organized either on a geographical basis (known as Area Of Responsibility, AOR) or on a functional basis. ...


Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN, served as Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy (July 20, 1942 - March 21, 1949). Leahy's office was the precursor to the post of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A Fleet Admiral in the United States Navy is an admiral considered to be the equivalent of the United States Armys General of the Army. ... William Leahy, circa 1945 For information about the Boston College president see William P. Leahy, SJ. William Daniel Leahy (May 6, 1875 – July 20, 1959) was an American naval officer and the first such officer ever to hold the rank of Fleet Admiral and the first ever to hold five... USN redirects here. ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


List of Chief of Staff to the CINC

Name Photo Branch Term began Term ended
1. William D. Leahy               USN July 20, 1942       March 21, 1949       

Commander-in-Chief (in NATO-lingo often C-in-C or CINC pronounced sink) is the commander of all the military forces within a particular region or of all the military forces of a state. ... William Leahy, circa 1945 For information about the Boston College president see William P. Leahy, SJ. William Daniel Leahy (May 6, 1875 – July 20, 1959) was an American naval officer and the first such officer ever to hold the rank of Fleet Admiral and the first ever to hold five... Picture of William Leahy from Navy historic site - http://www. ... USN redirects here. ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...

List of Chairmen of the JCS

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Name Photo Branch Term began Term ended
1. Omar N. Bradley USA August 16, 1949 August 15, 1953
2. Arthur W. Radford USN August 15, 1953 August 15, 1957
3. Nathan F. Twining USAF August 15, 1957 September 30, 1960
4. Lyman L. Lemnitzer USA October 1, 1960 September 30, 1962
5. Maxwell D. Taylor USA October 1, 1962 July 1, 1964
6. Earle G. Wheeler USA July 3, 1964 July 2, 1970
7. Thomas H. Moorer USN July 2, 1970 July 1, 1974
8. George S. Brown USAF July 1, 1974 June 20, 1978
9. David C. Jones USAF June 21, 1978 June 18, 1982
10. John W. Vessey Jr. USA June 18, 1982 September 30, 1985
11. William J. Crowe, Jr. USN October 1, 1985 September 30, 1989
12. Colin L. Powell USA October 1, 1989 September 30, 1993
13. David E. Jeremiah (acting) USN October 1, 1993 October 24, 1993
14. John M. Shalikashvili USA October 25, 1993 September 30, 1997
15. Henry H. Shelton USA October 1, 1997 September 30, 2001
16. Richard B. Myers USAF October 1, 2001 September 30, 2005
17. Peter Pace USMC October 1, 2005
Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States JCS Logo
Bradley | Radford | Twining | Lemnitzer | Taylor | Wheeler | Moorer | Brown | Jones | Vessey | Crowe | Powell | Jeremiah (acting) | Shalikashvili | Shelton | Myers | Pace

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CJS - Chairman Responsibilities (291 words)
The Goldwater-Nichols DOD Reorganization Act of 1986 identifies the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the senior ranking member of the Armed Forces.
As such, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the principal military adviser to the President.
In carrying out his duties, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff consults with and seeks the advice of the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the combatant commanders, as he considers appropriate.
CJS - Home (1250 words)
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the principal military adviser to the President,
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The Joint Staff assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in accomplishing his responsibilities for: the unified strategic direction of the combatant forces; their operation under unified command; and for their integration into an efficient team of land, naval, and air forces.
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