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Obama picks Marine general as top military advisor

US President Barack Obama (L) announces Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as his pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 5, 2015President Barack Obama nominated Marine General Joseph Dunford as chairman of the joint chiefs Tuesday, choosing an officer with battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan for the military’s top job. Describing Dunford as “one of the most admired officers in our military,” Obama hailed the Boston native as a top-notch strategic thinker. I trust him,” Obama said in a White House Rose Garden announcement ceremony. If confirmed by the Senate, Dunford will be drawing on his years fighting insurgents over the past decade when he advises Obama on the US-led war against the Islamic State group.

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