U.S. Army Cpl. Kristine Tejada from 1st Platoon, Task Force 2-82 Field Artillery Regiment, provides security on Sept. 24, 2011, at the ancient Ziggurat of Ur in Iraq. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey signed an order on Jan. 24 to lift a ban on women serving in combat.
CJCS (USA) - General Martin Dempsey - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) from October 1, 2011 to October 1, 2015. Some critics called him a reluctant warrior, but Dempsey is satisfied with a legacy of caution. During his command he kept a box inscribed with "Make it matter ..." containing all the names of the servicemembers who died under his command. Source: "Outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey Reflects on His Toughest Day on the Job" by Veronica Stracqualursi.
President Barack Obama walks with Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., his nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Obama chose the widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-2014 to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Walking behind them is Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)