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Below are brief biographies of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

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JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

Gen. Richard B. Myers

Command: Gen. Myers was named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2001. As chairman, he is the nation's highest-ranking military officer and is the principal military adviser to President Bush, the Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and the National Security Council.

Years of service: Myers entered the Air Force in 1965 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Previous commands: Before becoming chairman, he served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for 19 months. From August 1998 to February 2000, Myers was commander-in-chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, and commander of Air Force Space Command, responsible for U.S. defense via space and intercontinental ballistic missile operations. He also has commanded U.S. Forces Japan, the 5th Air Force and U.S. Pacific Air Forces.

Headquarters: Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Combat experience: Myers logged 600 combat hours flying the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam.

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Gen. Peter Pace

Command: Gen. Peter Pace is the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's second highest-ranking military officer. He is the first Marine to hold the position.

Years of service: He was commissioned in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy.

Previous commands: Pace served as the commander, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Atlantic/Europe/South, from November 1997 to September 2000. He then served as commander-in-chief, United States Southern Command until September 2001.

Combat experience: Pace served as a rifle platoon and assistant operations officer with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Vietnam from 1968 to March 1969.

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