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During a farewell tribute Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers gets a hug from his wife Mary Jo Myers as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (2nd to right) and Marine General Peter Pace (far right) look on September 30, 2005 in Fort Myer, Virginia. Myers is stepping down as the top US military officer and being replaced by General Peter Pace. (UPI Photo/Joe Raedle/POOL)
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Richard Bowman Myers (born March 1, 1942) is a former four-star general in the United States Air Force and served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Chairman, Myers was the United States military's highest ranking uniformed officer.

General Myers became the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on October 1, 2001. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council during the earliest stages of the War on Terror, including planning and execution of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. On September 30, 2005, he retired and was succeeded by General Peter Pace. His Air Force career included operational command and leadership positions in a variety of Air Force and Joint assignments.

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