Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), one of the leading national veteran serving nonprofit organizations, is pleased to announce that Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., has joined the Board of Directors.
General Dunford brings more than 42 years of leadership experience to join a TMF Board that boasts industry leaders from across the country. For over a decade, Travis Manion Foundation has been providing best-in-class programs to veterans and families of the fallen, calling upon their strength of character and selfless service to lead communities and inspire youth. TMF President Ryan Manion said, “We are honored to have General Dunford join our Board, bringing with him a deep knowledge of the needs of veterans and their families along with a rich passion for leveraging them to continue to serve within their community. He shares in our values and will no doubt contribute towards our mission of empowering veterans and families of the fallen to develop character in future generations in order to strengthen communities.”
General Dunford served as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2019. Prior to becoming Chairman, General Dunford served as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He previously served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2010 to 2012 and was Commander, International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan from February 2013 to August 2014.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, General Dunford graduated from Saint Michael’s College and was commissioned in 1977. He served as an infantry officer at all levels, to include command of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, and command of the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. A graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, and the U.S. Army War College, General Dunford also earned master’s degrees in Government from Georgetown University and in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.