Pentagon chiefs' records reflect modern military
(CNN) -- As they plan a U.S. response to the massive terrorist attacks of September 11, President Bush and his administration will be relying on the advice of military brass with pedigrees that reflect the unconventional conflicts of the past four decades.
The current chiefs of the armed services received their commissions during the conflict in Vietnam, and most saw combat in that war. As senior officers, they played roles in either the 1991 Persian Gulf war or 1999's NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia. Some have experience in the military's peacekeeping and humanitarian missions during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Only one, Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki, is a graduate of the U.S. military academies.
Here are some short biographical sketches of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
Gen. Richard Myers
Myers is the first Air Force officer to lead the Joint Chiefs since 1982. His career has included 600 hours of combat experience as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and stints as commander of U.S. forces in Japan and U.S. air forces in the Pacific. He led the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command from 1998 to 2000, becoming an ardent advocate of using and protecting satellites as military assets.
Adm. Vern Clark
Gen. James Jones
Gen. John P. Jumper
Gen. Eric Shinseki
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
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