General James Conway
34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
General James T. Conway served as the 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. As Commandant, General Conway served as the senior uniformed Marine responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of over 250,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel throughout the United States and overseas, as well as the management of the $40 billion annual Marine Corps budget. Prior to becoming the Commandant, General Conway served for four years on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as J-3, or senior operations officer in the U.S. military, where he oversaw the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Conway functioned as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the President. General Conway retired from active duty in late 2010 after 40 years of service.