Marine general sworn in as US military's top officer

(L-R) Incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford; Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, President Obama and outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey stand during a retirement ceremony at Fort Myer, Virginia on September 25, 2015Marine General Joseph Dunford became the US military’s highest-ranking officer Friday, chosen by President Barack Obama as America’s armed forces face an array of global crises and combat challenges. Dunford, 59, replaces General Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford, who earned the nickname “Fighting Joe” as an infantry officer during the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, ascends to the top of the military food chain during a difficult time.

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