Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of StaffAir Force Gen. Paul J. Selva

The Role

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation’s second-highest-ranking military officer, performing duties as directed by the chairman.

Photos

Check out photos of the vice chairman meeting with troops and military families around the world.

The Person

Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva recently said, “Only 1 percent of our population today will ever wear the uniform of this nation in any of its incarnations — soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, active, Guard or Reserve. That 1 percent, those sons and daughters of our citizens, are the treasure of this nation.” Selva became the 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2015. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flight hours.

Joint Chiefs of Staff

Established in January 1942 to expedite strategic coordination during World War II, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been at the center of U.S. military planning ever since.

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