March 14, 1952 |
"Jersey City, "New Jersey, "U.S.
|Service/branch||"United States Army|
|Years of service||1974–2015|
|Commands held||"Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army
"U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
"United States Central Command
"Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq
"3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
"1st Armored Division
|Battles/wars||"Persian Gulf War
|Awards||"Defense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
"Army Distinguished Service Medal (6)
"Navy Distinguished Service Medal
"Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
"Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
"Defense Superior Service Medal
"Legion of Merit (3)
"Bronze Star (2) with "Valor V
Martin Edward Dempsey (born March 14, 1952), sometimes known as Marty Dempsey, is a retired "United States Army "general who served as the 18th "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2011 until September 25, 2015. He previously served 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. Dempsey assumed his assignment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2011 and stepped down from the Chairmanship on September 25, 2015. He now serves as a professor at Duke University.
Dempsey was born on March 14, 1952, and attended "John S. Burke Catholic High School in "Goshen, New York. Dempsey is "Irish American. Following high school, Dempsey attended the "United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated with the Class of 1974. In his class were three other future four-star generals, "David Petraeus, "Walter L. Sharp and "Keith B. Alexander. He has a master's degree in "literature from "Duke University, where he wrote a "thesis on the "Irish literary revival. Dempsey's four grandparents were born in the counties of "Sligo, "Donegal, "Mayo and "Roscommon in "Ireland. He learned a small amount of the "Irish language while spending his summers in Ireland as a child.
Dempsey 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. As "Lieutenant Colonel he 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 "Major General Dempsey assumed command of "1st Armored Division. He succeeded "Ricardo S. Sanchez who was promoted to "Lieutenant General, as Corps Commander "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 Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey, was generally seen as handling a difficult (and inherited) job well, under the global spotlight of Baghdad."
On March 27, 2007, "Lieutenant General Dempsey was transferred from commander of Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, and reassigned as deputy commander of U.S. "Central Command, "MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
On February 5, 2008, Dempsey was nominated to head the "U.S. Army, Europe/Seventh Army, 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 13, 2008, Dempsey was confirmed by the "United States Senate as Commander, "U.S. Army, Europe/Seventh Army. However, due, to Admiral Fallon's unexpected retirement, Dempsey never took command of U.S. Army, Europe/Seventh Army.
On July 11, 2008, Dempsey was nominated to take command of "U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command while Lieutenant General "Carter F. Ham replaced his nomination to command the U.S. Army, Europe/Seventh Army.
On January 6, 2011, Defense Secretary "Robert Gates announced that he would recommend that the President nominate General Dempsey to succeed General "George Casey as the Army Chief of Staff. On February 8, 2011, Gates announced that President "Barack Obama nominated Dempsey to be the 37th "Chief of Staff of the United States Army. On March 3, 2011, Dempsey testified before the "United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, and on March 15, 2011, the committee affirmatively reported Dempsey's nomination. On March 16, 2011, the Senate confirmed Dempsey's nomination by unanimous consent. On April 11, 2011, Dempsey was sworn in as "Chief of Staff of the United States Army at a ceremony at "Fort Myer.
With "Admiral "Michael Mullen set to retire as "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September 2011, "U.S. 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. On June 26, 2013, President Barack Obama re-nominated General Dempsey to serve a second two-year term as Chairman. Dempsey stepped down on September 25, 2015, and was replaced by General "Joseph Dunford, USMC.
Dempsey is married to his high school sweetheart, Deanie. They have three children: Chris, Megan, and Caitlin. Each has served in the United States Army and is married with three children. Chris remains on active duty as a cavalry major. Martin and Deanie have nine grandchildren.
|"" "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, 1996|
|"" "Brigadier general||August 1, 2001|
|"" "Major general||September 1, 2004|
|"" "Lieutenant general||September 8, 2005|
|"" "General||December 8, 2008|
On December 7, 2011, Dempsey received the "USO's Distinguished Service Award on behalf of all military members. In October 2016, he was made an honorary Knight Commander of the "Order of the British Empire by Queen "Elizabeth II, for commitment to British-American defense cooperation.
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