General Peter Pace – United States Marine Corps (Retired)
General Pace was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. General Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in both of these positions.
He attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Following graduation in June, 1967 General Pace received a commission in the US Marines. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University, attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security program, and graduated from the National War College.
In June, 2008, General Pace was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow.