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Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan
u Marine General Joseph F. Dunford, 57, son of Joseph and Katherine Dunford of Quincy, is President Obama’s pick as top commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The four-star general currently serves as the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps and is the second-highest ranking officer in the Marines. If confirmed by the Senate, General Dunford will lead the withdrawal of American forces in Afghanistan, replacing General John Allen. President Obama said General Dunford has extensive experience, strategic leadership, and vision. The general, who led the invasion of Iraq and earned the nickname “Fighting Joe,” is an expert sharpshooter. He is a graduate of the Army Ranger School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, and the Army War College. He holds a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University and a master’s in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is stationed at the Marine Barracks, 8th and I Streets, Washington, D.C., the oldest active post in the Marine Corps.
From the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa.
u Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Finer, of Winthrop. He is the son of Philip Finer of Mansfield and Lorna Kerner of Vermont. Finer graduated in 1983 from Sharon High School. He is the director of strategic communication at Joint Force Headquarters Massachusetts, Milford.
From One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.
u Army Private Brian C. Maynard, son of Brian Maynard of Raynham. He is a 2011 graduate of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School.
From the Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Ala.
u Army Warrant Officer 1 James M. Kelly, a rotary wing aviator, son of David and Deborah Kelly of Wareham. Kelly is a 2002 graduate of Wareham High School.
From basic training at Fort Benning, Ga.
u Army Specialist Brian E. Larose (right), son of Donald and Colleen Larose of Duxbury. He is a 2002 graduate of Duxbury High School. Larose has been stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., with his brother, Specialist Robert Larose, and training for Special Forces.
u Army Specialist Robert P. Larose (right), son of Donald and Colleen Larose of Duxbury . He is a 2007 graduate of Duxbury High School. Larose has been stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., with his brother, Specialist Brian Larose, and training for Special Forces.
u Army Private 1st Class Josh D. Archibald, son of Judy and David Archibald of Marshfield, and a 2009 graduate of Marshfield High School.
From basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
u Army Specialist Joseph D. Sheehan, son of Eileen Sheehan of Pembroke and Kevin Sheehan of Needham, and a 2004 graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Kingston.
From basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
u Airman Bernard C. Burns III, son of Lynne Burns of Whitman . He is a 2010 graduate of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, Whitman.
u Airman 1st Class Emma Good, daughter of Rachel Good of East Falmouth and Charles Good of Kingston. She is a 2007 graduate of Plymouth South High School.
u Airman Sean E. Demers, son of Leo Demers of East Wareham and Denise Demers of Worcester, and a 2009 graduate of Worcester North High School.
u Airman Elizabeth A. Hill, daughter of Tylene Hill of Carver, and a 2010 graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.
u Airman Michael P. Ehnes, son of Ronald and Karen Ehnes of Plymouth, and a 2007 graduate of Plymouth South High School.