|Birth name||Martin E. Dempsey|
March 14, 1952 |
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1974–present|
|Commands held||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Army Chief of Staff
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq
3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
1st Armored Division
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star (2) with Valor
General Martin E. Dempsey, USA (born March 14, 1952) is the 18th and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served 149 days as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army from April 11, 2011, to September 7, 2011. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, from December 8, 2008, to April 11, 2011, as Acting Commander, U.S. Central Command, from March 24, 2008, to October 30, 2008, as Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, from August 2007 to March 23, 2008, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I), from August 2005 to August 2007. As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dempsey is currently the highest-ranking military officer in all of the United States Armed Forces. Dempsey assumed his current assignment on October 1, 2011.
Dempsey attended John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, New York, and views himself as Irish American. He has a Master's degree in literature from Duke University, where he wrote a thesis on the Irish poet W B Yeats. Dempsey's family are from the Gaeltacht region of Ranafast in Donegal, where he learned to speak Gaelic while spending his summers there as a youth.
He received a commission as an Armor officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. As a company-grade officer, he served in 1st Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment as the S-1 OIC. He went on to be the Executive Officer of the 3rd Brigade 3rd Armored Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He then commanded the 4th Battalion of the 67th Armored Regiment "Bandits" from 1992–1995 in the 1st Armored Division in Friedberg, Hesse, Germany.
In June 2003, then Brigadier General Dempsey assumed command of 1st Armored Division. He succeeded Ricardo S. Sanchez who was promoted to command V Corps. Dempsey's command of the 1st Armored Division lasted until July 2005 and included 13 months in Iraq, from June 2003 to July 2004. While in Iraq, 1st Armored Division, in addition to its own brigades, had operational command over the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and a brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division; the command, called "Task Force Iron" in recognition of the Division's nickname, "Old Ironsides", was the largest division-level command in the history of the United States Army.
It was during this time that the U.S. intervention in Iraq changed dramatically as Fallujah fell to Sunni extremists and supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr built their strength and rose up against American forces. Then Major General Dempsey and his command assumed responsibility for the Area of Operations in Baghdad as the insurgency incubated, grew, and exploded. General Dempsey has been described by Thomas Ricks in his book "Fiasco": "In the capital itself, the 1st Armored Division, after Sanchez assumed control of V Corps, was led by Gen. Martin Dempsey, was generally seen as handling a difficult (and inherited) job well, under the global spotlight of Baghdad."
On March 27, 2007, Dempsey was promoted from commander of Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, to be reappointed as a lieutenant general and assigned as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
On February 5, 2008, Dempsey was nominated to head the Seventh United States Army/U.S. Army, Europe, and was nominated for promotion to four-star general upon Senate approval.
On March 11, 2008, Dempsey's commander, Admiral William J. Fallon, retired from active service. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates accepted this as effective on March 31. Dempsey took over command as acting commander CENTCOM.
On March 3, 2011, Dempsey testified before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services for reappointment to the grade of general and to be the 37th Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
On March 15, 2011, the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services affirmatively reported Dempsey's nomination to serve as the 37th Chief of Staff of the United States Army to the floor of the Senate. On March 16, 2011, the Senate confirmed Dempsey's nomination by unanimous consent.
With Admiral Mike Mullen set to retire as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September 2011, President Obama needed to select his replacement. The Vice-Chairman, Marine General James Cartwright, who was initially believed to be the front runner for the job, had fallen out of favor among senior officials in the Defense Department. Obama administration officials revealed on May 26, 2011, that the President would nominate Dempsey to the post of Chairman. In August 2011 General Dempsey was confirmed by unanimous consent to succeed Admiral Mike Mullen as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He was sworn in as 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2011, succeeding Admiral Michael Mullen.
General Martin Dempsey is scheduled as the speaker for Arizona State University Commencement ceremony on May 9, 2013 at Sun Devil Stadium.
- 1974 Bachelor of Science degree, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
- 1984 Master of Arts degree in English, Duke University, Durham, NC
- 1988 Master of Military Art and Science degree, United States Army Command and General Staff College
- 1995 Master of Science degree in national security and strategic studies, National War College
Dates of rank 
United States Military Academy Cadet – Class of 1974
|Second Lieutenant||June 5, 1974|
|First Lieutenant||June 5, 1976|
|Captain||August 8, 1978|
|Major||September 1, 1985|
|Lieutenant Colonel||April 1, 1991|
|Colonel||September 1, 1995|
|Brigadier General||August 1, 2001|
|Major General||September 1, 2004|
|Lieutenant General||September 8, 2005|
|General||December 8, 2008|
Awards, decorations, and badges 
- Win, Learn, Focus, Adapt, Win Again – Article series for Army Magazine (AUSA). Oct. 2010 – Feb. 2011
- Inspired and humbled by the sacrifice of our troops - The Hill, May 24, 2011
- From the Chairman – Joint Force Quarterly no. 64. Jan. 2012
- From the Chairman – Joint Force Quarterly no. 65. Apr. 2012
- Preserving the bonds of trust - The Hill, May 22, 2012
- From the Chairman – Joint Force Quarterly no. 66. Jul. 2012
- From the Chairman: Building Tomorrow's Leaders - Joint Force Quarterly no. 67. Oct. 2012
- From the Chairman: Sustaining our Edge - Joint Force Quarterly no. 68. Jan. 2013
- Dempsey Muses on Challenges as New Head of Joint Chiefs – Thom Shanker. New York Times. Oct 3, 2011.
- The New Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on "Getting to the Truth" – Karl Moore. Forbes Magazine. Oct 20, 2011.
- Gen. Martin Dempsey's Interview with Jeremy Paxman – Jeremy Paxman, BBC. Nov 28, 2011.
- Transcript: Gen. Martin Dempsey's Interview with Fareed Zakaria – Fareed Zakaria. CNN. Feb 19, 2012.
- Video: Gen. Martin Dempsey's Interview with Charlie Rose – Charlie Rose. Mar 16, 2012.
- Video: Gen. Martin Dempsey's Interview on Leadership - The Pentagon Channel. Oct. 2012.
- Video: Gen. Martin Dempsey at the National Press Club - National Press Club. Oct. 10, 2012.
- Transcript: Gen. Martin Dempsey talks to Dan Rather - Dan Rather Reports. AXS.tv. Nov. 13, 2012.
- Transcript: Gen. Martin Dempsey talks to Ted Koppel - Rock Center with Brian Williams. NBC. Jan. 24, 2013.
- Transcript: Sec. Panetta & Gen. Dempsey’s Interview with Candy Crowley - State of the Union. CNN. Feb. 3, 2013.
- Transcript: Sec. Panetta & Gen. Dempsey’s Interview with Chuck Todd - Meet the Press. NBC. Feb. 3, 2013.
- Transcript: Gen. Martin Dempsey talks to Rachel Martin - Weekend Edition. NPR. Feb. 17, 2013.
- Gen. Dempsey Becomes the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – Sep 30, 2011
- The Atlantic Council of the United States: Security and Partnership in an Age of Austerity – Dec 9, 2011.
- End of Mission Ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq – Dec 15, 2011.
- Duke University's Ambassador S. Davis Phillips Family International Lecture Series: A New Vision for the US Military – Jan 12, 2012.
- West Point Class of 2013 500th Night – Jan 21, 2012.
- Harvard University's John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum: Security Paradox – Apr 12, 2012.
- The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: A Conversation with General Martin Dempsey – May 1, 2012.
- Kansas State University's 161st Landon Lecture - Oct. 1, 2012
- By law, 10 USC 152, Dempsey assumed office on October 1.
- "Joint Chiefs of Staff Official Web Site". Jcs.mil. January 12, 2012. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Donegal Man Is Appointed Chief Of The American Army". Donegal Daily. March 26, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- Baron, Kevin, "Gen. Martin Dempsey: The Quiet American", National Journal, February 11, 2012.
- "Iron Soldiers: Mission complete". 1st Armored Division Public Affairs. 1st Armored Division Public Affairs. Retrieved July 2004.
- "U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Nominations Confirmed (Non-Civilian)". Senate.gov. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- Tice, Jim (December 8, 2008). "Dempsey takes command of TRADOC". Army Times. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
- Four-Star General Martin E. Dempsey to Visit Israel
- US CJCS Gen. Martin Dempsey Visits Yad VaShem
- Bacon, Lance (January 6, 2011). "TRADOC head is pick to become chief of staff". Army Times. Retrieved January 6, 2011.
- "General Officer Announcements". Department of Defense. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- "Hearing Schedule". U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- Brannen, Kate (March 15, 2011). "Sen. committee confirms Dempsey as Army chief". Army Times. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Senate Congressional Record for March 16, 2011
- Starr, Barbara (May 26, 2011). "Obama to choose Army head as next Joint Chiefs chairman, officials say". CNN. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
- Miles, Donna. "Dempsey Accepts USO Award on Behalf of Military Members". http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=66388. Armed Forces Press Service. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
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