The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Is a True Hero

Since the position was created in 1949, the United States has had twenty officers serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Some, such as the very first chairman, General of the Army Omar N. Bradley, were nationally known heroes with historic wartime service. Others, such as Army General Colin Powell were well known to the public for significant peacetime service. I served under a few, and a couple — Admiral William J. Crowe and General John Shalikashvili, would become good friends and mentors.