Director of the Joint Staff

Director of the Joint Staff
Director of the Joint Staff

Vice Admiral William Gortney official photo.jpg

VADM William E. Gortney, USN
since: 1 July 2010
First MG Alfred M. Gruenther, USA
Formation 19 September 1949
Website Official Website

Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg

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 Vice Admiral William E. Gortney, USN.

List of Directors of the Joint Staff

This is a complete list of the Directors of the Joint Staff.[3] An asterisk (*) indicates an acting Director.

Of the 40 Directors of the Joint Staff as of 2010, 29 have been promoted to four-star rank while on active duty, as has one acting Director; and a 30th former Director was promoted to that rank upon retirement. Moreover, 21 of the last 22 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 September 17, 1947 September 19, 1949 Promoted to general, 1951
2 RADM Arthur C. Davis USN September 20, 1949 November 1, 1951 Retired as admiral, 1955
3 Charles p cabell.jpg Lt Gen Charles P. Cabell USAF November 2, 1951 April 23, 1953 Promoted to general, 1958
4 Frank F Everest.jpg LTG Frank F. Everest USAF April 24, 1953 March 18, 1954 Promoted to general, 1957
5 Lemuel Matthewson.jpg LTG Lemuel Mathewson USA March 19, 1954 March 14, 1956
6 VADM Bernard L. Austin USN March 15, 1956 March 31, 1958
7 Oliver S Picher.jpg Lt Gen Oliver S. Picher USAF April 1, 1958 March 31, 1960
8 Earle Wheeler official photo.JPEG LTG Earle G. Wheeler USA April 1, 1960 February 24, 1962 Promoted to general, 1962
9 VADM Herbert D. Riley USN February 25, 1962 February 23, 1964
10 David A Burchinal.jpg Lt Gen David A. Burchinal USAF February 24, 1964 July 31, 1966 Promoted to general, 1966
11 LTG Andrew J. Goodpaster USA August 1, 1966 March 31, 1967 Promoted to general, 1968
12 Berton E Spivy.jpg LTG Berton E. Spivy USA April 1, 1967 July 31, 1968 Promoted to general, 1968
13 VADM Nels C. Johnson USN Aug 1, 1968 July 19, 1970
14 John W. Vogt, Jr..jpg Lt Gen John W. Vogt USAF July 20, 1970 April 7, 1972 Promoted to general, 1972
* RADM Mason B. Freeman USN April 8, 1972 June 11, 1972
15 LTG George M. Seignious II USA June 12, 1972 May 31, 1974
16 VADM Harry D. Train II USN June 1, 1974 June 30, 1976 Promoted to admiral, 1978
17 Sitton rb.jpg Lt Gen Ray B. Sitton USAF July 1, 1976 June 30, 1977
18 VADM Patrick J. Hannifin USN July 1, 1977 June 20, 1978
* MG John A. Wickham Jr. USA July 1, 1978 August 21, 1978
19 General John Wickham, official military photo 1988.JPEG LTG John A. Wickham Jr. USA August 22, 1978 June 22, 1979 Promoted to general, 1979
20 VADM Carl Thor Hanson USN June 22, 1979 June 30, 1981
21 James E Dalton.jpg Lt Gen James E. Dalton USAF July 1, 1981 June 30, 1983 Promoted to general, 1983
22 Jack N. Merritt, official military photo portrait, 1985.JPEG LTG Jack N. Merritt USA July 1, 1983 June 30, 1985 Promoted to general, 1985
23 Powell F Carter Jr.jpg VADM Powell F. Carter Jr. USN July 1, 1985 August 14, 1987 Promoted to admiral, 1987
24 Robert RisCassi.JPEG LTG Robert W. RisCassi USA August 15, 1987 November 30, 1988 Promoted to general, 1988
25 General Hansford Johnson, official military photo, 1990.jpg Lt Gen Hansford T. Johnson USAF December 1, 1988 September 20, 1989 Promoted to general, 1989
* MajGen Gene A. Deegan USMC September 21, 1989 September 26, 1989
26 Michael P. C. Carns.JPEG Lt Gen Michael P.C. Carns USAF September 27, 1989 May 16, 1991 Promoted to general, 1991
27 Lt Gen Henry Vicellio Jr. USAF May 17, 1991 December 1, 1992 Promoted to general, 1992
28 Richard C. Macke, VADM, USN, 1991.jpg VADM Richard C. Macke USN December 1, 1992 July 17, 1994 Promoted to admiral, 1994
* Charles T Robertson Jr.jpg Maj Gen Charles T. Robertson Jr. USAF July 19, 1994 July 24, 1994 Promoted to general, 1998
29 Walter Kross.jpg Lt Gen Walter Kross USAF July 25, 1994 July 12, 1996 Promoted to general, 1996
* MG Stephen T. Rippe USA July 13, 1996 September 13, 1996
30 Dennis Blair.jpg VADM Dennis C. Blair USN September 14, 1996 December 12, 1998 Promoted to admiral, 1999
31 VernClark.jpg VADM Vernon E. Clark USN December 12, 1998 July 26, 1999 Promoted to admiral, 1999
32 Carlton W. Fulford, Jr. - November 20, 1997.JPEG LtGen Carlton W. Fulford Jr. USMC July 26, 1999 July 14, 2000 Promoted to general, 2000
33 VADM Scott A. Fry USN July 2000 October 2001
34 John Abizaid.jpg LTG John P. Abizaid USA October 16, 2001 January 23, 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 October 13, 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
* Maj Gen Stephen M. Goldfein USAF May 2008 August 2008
39 Gen. McChrystal News Briefing2010 cropped2.jpg LTG Stanley A. McChrystal USA August 2008 June 10, 2009 Promoted to general, 2009
* Bruce Grooms.jpg RADM Bruce E. Grooms USN June 10, 2009 August 2009
40 LTG Lloyd J. Austin - DA GOMO.JPG LTG Lloyd J. Austin III USA August 2009 June 30, 2010 Promoted to general, 2010
41 Vice Admiral William Gortney official photo.jpg VADM William E. Gortney USN July 1, 2010 Incumbent

See also


  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, p. 22, 40, ISBN 9780743272230, 
  3. ^ Historical Office (2004), Department of Defense Key Officials, 1947-2004, Office of the Secretary of Defense, p. 61, 

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Joint Staff Information Management Division (United States) — The Joint Staff Information Management Division (IMD) is one of two divisions which make up the Joint Staff Secretariat (SJS) of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff currently located in the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia (USA). The other… …   Wikipedia

  • Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency — The Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is a three star military officer and is the highest ranking intelligence officer in the Department of Defense. He is the primary military intelligence advisor to the Secretary of Defense and… …   Wikipedia

  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — Incumbent: GEN Martin Dempsey since: October 1, 2011 …   Wikipedia

  • Chief of the Defence Staff (France) — Édouard Guillaud Born 1953 (age 57–58) Allegiance …   Wikipedia

  • Joint Chiefs of Staff — The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is a group comprising the Chiefs of service of each major branch of the armed services in the United States armed forces. [ [ sec 10 00000151 000 .html] 10 USC 151 …   Wikipedia

  • Joint Capabilities Integration Development System — The Joint Capabilities Integration Development System, or JCIDS, isthe formal United States Department of Defense (DoD) procedure which definesacquisition requirements and evaluation criteria for future defenseprograms. JCIDS was created to… …   Wikipedia

  • Director of National Intelligence — Office of the Director of National Intelligence Agency overview Formed April 22, 2005 Jurisdiction …   Wikipedia

  • Joint Doctrine Working Party — A forum to include representatives of the Services, combatant commands, and the Joint Staff (represented by the Operational Plans and Joint Force Development Directorate, J 7, Joint Staff) that meets at least semiannually to address, vote and… …   Military dictionary

  • The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy — Established 1933 Type Private Dean Stephen W. Bosworth …   Wikipedia

  • Director of Floor Operations — is the title of two staff members in the United States House of Representatives, with the Majority Director in the Speaker s office and the Minority Director in the Minority Leader s or Minority Whip s office. Each director is primarily… …   Wikipedia

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.