Director of the Joint Staff

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Director of the Joint Staff
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
Lt Gen David L. Goldfein, USAF.jpg
Incumbent
Lt Gen David L. Goldfein, USAF

since August 2013
Formation 19 September 1949
First holder MG Alfred M. Gruenther, USA
Website Official Website

The Director of the Joint Staff (DJS) is a three-star officer who assists the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the management of the Joint Staff, an organization composed of approximately equal numbers of officers contributed by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, who have been assigned to assist the Chairman with the unified strategic direction, operation, and integration of the combatant land, naval, and air forces. The Director also chairs meetings of the Operations Deputies, a subsidiary body comprising the Director and a three-star delegate from each service who preview or resolve issues before they are escalated to the level of the four-star Joint Chiefs of Staff.1

The Director of the Joint Staff is selected by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in consultation with the other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and subject to the approval of the Secretary of Defense.1 As with all three- and four-star positions, the Director's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. The position of Director is considered one of the most desirable three-star billets in the United States military establishment,2 for the position has historically served as a large stepping stone for an officer to be considered for a four-star billet.

The current Director of the Joint Staff is Lieutenant General David L. Goldfein, USAF.3

List of Directors of the Joint Staff

This is a complete list of the Directors of the Joint Staff.4 An asterisk (*) indicates an acting Director.

Of the 41 Directors of the Joint Staff as of 2012, 30 have been promoted to four-star rank while on active duty, as has one acting Director; and a 31st former Director was promoted to that rank upon retirement. Moreover, 22 of the last 23 Directors have been promoted to four-star rank within a year of leaving the Joint Staff.

No. Image Name Service Start End Notes
1 MG Alfred M. Gruenther USA 17 September 1947 19 September 1949 Promoted to general, 1951
2 RADM Arthur C. Davis.jpg RADM Arthur C. Davis USN 20 September 1949 1 November 1951 Retired as admiral, 1955
3 Charles p cabell.jpg Lt Gen Charles P. Cabell USAF 2 November 1951 23 April 1953 Promoted to general, 1958
4 Frank F Everest.jpg LTG Frank F. Everest USAF 24 April 1953 18 March 1954 Promoted to general, 1957
5 Lemuel Matthewson.jpg LTG Lemuel Mathewson USA 19 March 1954 14 March 1956
6 VADM Bernard L. Austin.jpg VADM Bernard L. Austin USN 15 March 1956 31 March 1958
7 Oliver S Picher.jpg Lt Gen Oliver S. Picher USAF 1 April 1958 31 March 1960
8 Earle Wheeler official photo.JPEG LTG Earle G. Wheeler USA 1 April 1960 24 February 1962 Promoted to general, 1962
9 VADM Herbert D. Riley (1904-1973).jpg VADM Herbert D. Riley USN 25 February 1962 23 February 1964 Retired as vice admiral, 1964
10 David A Burchinal.jpg Lt Gen David A. Burchinal USAF 24 February 1964 31 July 1966 Promoted to general, 1966
11 LTG Andrew J. Goodpaster USA 1 August 1966 31 March 1967 Promoted to general, 1968
12 Berton E Spivy.jpg LTG Berton E. Spivy USA 1 April 1967 31 July 1968 Promoted to general, 1968
13 VADM Nels C. Johnson USN 1 Aug 1968 19 July 1970
14 John W. Vogt, Jr..jpg Lt Gen John W. Vogt USAF 20 July 1970 7 April 1972 Promoted to general, 1972
* ADM Mason B. Freeman.jpg RADM Mason B. Freeman USN 8 April 1972 11 June 1972
15 LGEN George M. Seignious.png LTG George M. Seignious II USA 12 June 1972 31 May 1974
16 ADM Train, Harry Depue II.jpg VADM Harry D. Train II USN 1 June 1974 30 June 1976 Promoted to admiral, 1978
17 Sitton rb.jpg Lt Gen Ray B. Sitton USAF 1 July 1976 30 June 1977
18 VADM Patrick J. Hannifin.jpg VADM Patrick J. Hannifin USN 1 July 1977 20 June 1978
* General John Wickham, official military photo 1988.JPEG MG John A. Wickham Jr. USA 1 July 1978 21 August 1978
19 General John Wickham, official military photo 1988.JPEG LTG John A. Wickham Jr. USA 22 August 1978 22 June 1979 Promoted to general, 1979
20 VADM Carl Thor Hanson USN 22 June 1979 30 June 1981
21 James E Dalton.jpg Lt Gen James E. Dalton USAF 1 July 1981 30 June 1983 Promoted to general, 1983
22 Jack N. Merritt, official military photo portrait, 1985.JPEG LTG Jack N. Merritt USA 1 July 1983 30 June 1985 Promoted to general, 1985
23 Powell F Carter Jr.jpg VADM Powell F. Carter Jr. USN 1 July 1985 14 August 1987 Promoted to admiral, 1987
24 Robert RisCassi.JPEG LTG Robert W. RisCassi USA 15 August 1987 30 November 1988 Promoted to general, 1988
25 General Hansford Johnson, official military photo, 1990.jpg Lt Gen Hansford T. Johnson USAF 1 December 1988 20 September 1989 Promoted to general, 1989
* MGEN Gene A. Deegan.jpg MajGen Gene A. Deegan USMC 21 September 1989 26 September 1989
26 GEN Carns Michael Patrick Chamberlain.jpg Lt Gen Michael P.C. Carns USAF 27 September 1989 16 May 1991 Promoted to general, 1991
27 Henry C. Viccellio, Jr..JPEG Lt Gen Henry Viccellio Jr. USAF 17 May 1991 1 December 1992 Promoted to general, 1992
28 Richard C. Macke, VADM, USN, 1991.jpg VADM Richard C. Macke USN 1 December 1992 17 July 1994 Promoted to admiral, 1994
* Charles T Robertson Jr.jpg Maj Gen Charles T. Robertson Jr. USAF 19 July 1994 24 July 1994 Promoted to general, 1998
29 Walter Kross.jpg Lt Gen Walter Kross USAF 25 July 1994 12 July 1996 Promoted to general, 1996
* MG Stephen T. Rippe USA 13 July 1996 13 September 1996
30 Dennis Blair.jpg VADM Dennis C. Blair USN 14 September 1996 12 December 1998 Promoted to admiral, 1999
31 VernClark.jpg VADM Vernon E. Clark USN 12 December 1998 26 July 1999 Promoted to admiral, 1999
32 Carlton W. Fulford, Jr. - November 20, 1997.JPEG LtGen Carlton W. Fulford Jr. USMC 26 July 1999 14 July 2000 Promoted to general, 2000
33 VADM Scott A. Fry.jpg VADM Scott A. Fry USN July 2000 October 2001
34 John Abizaid.jpg LTG John P. Abizaid USA 16 October 2001 23 January 2003 Promoted to general, 2003
35 George Casey2.jpg LTG George W. Casey Jr. USA January 2003 October 2003 Promoted to general, 2003
36 US Navy 021114-N-0000X-002 Vadm. Keating Commander Fifth Fleet.jpg VADM Timothy J. Keating USN 13 October 2003 October 2004 Promoted to admiral, 2004
37 Norton A. Schwartz.jpg Lt Gen Norton A. Schwartz USAF October 2004 August 2005 Promoted to general, 2005
38 Walter L Sharp Official Portrait.jpg LTG Walter L. Sharp USA August 2005 May 2008 Promoted to general, 2008
* MGEN Stephen M. Goldfein.jpg Maj Gen Stephen M. Goldfein USAF May 2008 August 2008
39 Gen. McChrystal News Briefing2010 cropped2.jpg LTG Stanley A. McChrystal USA August 2008 10 June 2009 Promoted to general, 2009
* Bruce Grooms.jpg RADM Bruce E. Grooms USN 10 June 2009 August 2009
40 LTG Lloyd J. Austin - DA GOMO.JPG LTG Lloyd J. Austin III USA August 2009 30 June 2010 Promoted to general, 2010
41 Vice Admiral William Gortney official photo.jpg VADM William E. Gortney USN 1 July 2010 August, 2012 Promoted to admiral, 2012
42 LTG Curtis M. Scaparrotti DJS 2012.jpg LTG Curtis M. Scaparrotti USA August, 2012 August, 2013 Promoted to general, 2013
43 Lt Gen David L. Goldfein, USAF.jpg Lt Gen David L. Goldfein USAF August, 2013 (incumbent) Younger brother of Maj Gen Stephen M. Goldfein.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director Responsibility Statement, Joint Chiefs of Staff 
  2. ^ Woodward, Bob (2006), State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, Simon and Schuster, pp. 22, 40, ISBN 978-0-7432-7223-0 
  3. ^ http://www.jcs.mil/biography.aspx?ID=214
  4. ^ Historical Office (2004), Department of Defense Key Officials, 1947-2004, Office of the Secretary of Defense, p. 61