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Current Chief of Staff of the United States Army George William Casey Jr.

The Chief of Staff of the United States Army (CSA) is the highest ranking officer in the United States Army and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1] Prior to 1903, the military head of the Army was the Commanding General of the United States Army.

The CSA reports directly to the Secretary of the Army for army matters and assists in the secretary's external affairs functions including: presenting and enforcing Army policies, plans, and programs. The CSA submits army budgets and projections to the Secretary of Defense, executive branch, and Congress. The Chief of Staff also directs the Inspector General to perform inspections and investigations as required. The Chief of Staff also presides over the Army Staff and represents Army capabilities, requirements, policy, plans, and programs in Joint fora.[2] Under the authority of the Secretary of the Army, the CSA also designates army personnel and army resources to the commanders of Unified Combatant Commands.[3] He also performs all other functions prescribed under 10 U.S.C. § 3033 or delegates those duties and responsibilities to other officers in his administration in his name. Like the other joint chiefs, the Chief of Staff is an administrative position and has had no operational command authority over United States army forces since the passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Act in 1986. The CSA is served by a number of Deputy Chiefs of Staff, such as G-1, Personnel.

The CSA is nominated by the President and must be confirmed by majority vote from the Senate.[4] By statute, the CSA is appointed as a four-star general.[4] The current CSA is General George W. Casey.

U.S. Army Chiefs of Staff

Name Photo Term began Term ended
1. LTG Samuel B. M. Young Samuel Young.jpg August 15, 1903 January 8, 1904
2. LTG Adna Chaffee AdnaChaffee.jpg August 19, 1904 January 14, 1906
3. LTG John C. Bates Gen John Bates.jpg January 15, 1906 April 13, 1906
4. MG J. Franklin Bell JamesBell.jpg April 14, 1906 April 21, 1910
5. MG Leonard Wood Leonard Wood 1903.jpg April 22, 1910 April 21, 1914
6. MG William Wallace Wotherspoon William W. Wotherspoon.jpg April 22, 1914 November 16, 1914
7. MG Hugh L. Scott Hugh L. Scott Portrait.jpg November 17, 1914 September 22, 1917
8. GEN Tasker H. Bliss Gen Tasker H Bliss.JPG September 23, 1917 May 19, 1918
9. GEN Peyton C. March Gen Peyton C March.jpg May 20, 1918 June 30, 1921
10. General of the Armies John J. Pershing GEN Pershing as Chief Of Staff.jpg July 1, 1921 September 13, 1924
11. MG John L. Hines John L. Hines.jpg September 14, 1924 November 20, 1926
12. GEN Charles Pelot Summerall Charles Pelot Summerall.jpg November 21, 1926 November 20, 1930
13. GEN Douglas MacArthur MacArthur Manila.jpg November 21, 1930 October 1, 1935
14. GEN Malin Craig MalinCraig.jpg October 2, 1935 August 31, 1939
15. General of the Army George Marshall General George C. Marshall, official military photo, 1946.JPEG September 1, 1939 November 18, 1945
16. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower EisenhowerChiefofStaffPortrait.jpg November 19, 1945 February 6, 1948
17. GEN Omar Bradley Omar Bradley Portrait.jpg February 7, 1948 August 15, 1949
18. GEN J. Lawton Collins Joseph Lawton Collins.jpg August 16, 1949 August 14, 1953
19. GEN Matthew B. Ridgway MatthewBRidgway.jpg August 15, 1953 June 29, 1955
20. GEN Maxwell D. Taylor Maxwell D Taylor official portrait.jpg June 30, 1955 June 30, 1959
21. GEN Lyman L. Lemnitzer Lyman L. Lemnitzer.jpg July 1, 1959 September 30, 1960
22. GEN George H. Decker GEN George Decker.jpg October 1, 1960 September 30, 1962
23. GEN Earle G. Wheeler Earle Wheeler official photo.JPEG October 1, 1962 July 2, 1964
24. GEN Harold K. Johnson HaroldJohnson.png July 3, 1964 July 2, 1968
25. GEN William C. Westmoreland Westmoreland.png July 3, 1968 June 30, 1972
(Acting) GEN Bruce Palmer, Jr. GEN Bruce Palmer.jpg July 1, 1972 October 11, 1972
26. GEN Creighton W. Abrams GEN Creighton W Abrams.JPG October 12, 1972 September 4, 1974
27. GEN Frederick C. Weyand Frederick C Weyand.jpg October 3, 1974 September 30, 1976
28. GEN Bernard W. Rogers Bernard W. Rogers.jpg October 1, 1976 June 21, 1979
29. GEN Edward C. Meyer Edward C Meyer.jpg June 22, 1979 June 21, 1983
30. GEN John A. Wickham, Jr. General John Wickham, official military photo 1988.JPEG July 23, 1983 June 23, 1987
31. GEN Carl E. Vuono General Carl Vuono, official military portrait 1987.JPEG June 23, 1987 June 21, 1991
32. GEN Gordon R. Sullivan General Gordon Sullivan, official military photo 1992.JPEG June 21, 1991 June 20, 1995
33. GEN Dennis J. Reimer Dennis Reimer, official military photo 1991.JPEG June 20, 1995 June 21, 1999
34. GEN Eric K. Shinseki Eric Shinseki official portrait.jpg June 21, 1999 June 11, 2003
35. GEN Peter J. Schoomaker Peter Schoomaker.jpg August 1, 2003 April 10, 2007
36. GEN George W. Casey, Jr. George W. Casey 2007.jpg April 10, 2007 [5]

See also

References

  1. ^ [1] 10 USC 151. Joint Chiefs of Staff: composition; functions
  2. ^ ""General George Casey - Chief of Staff Army"". http://www.army.mil/leaders/leaders/csa/index.html. Retrieved September 22, 2007.  
  3. ^ [2] 10 USC 165. Combatant commands: administration and support
  4. ^ a b [3] 10 USC 3033. Chief of Staff
  5. ^ Historical Resources Branch, United States Army Center of Military History
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