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General Kernan is an American military officer and presidential advisor. He is responsible to the President and Secretary of Defense through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for U.S.JFCOM’s mission of maximizing the nation’s present and future military capabilities to ensure U.S. forces continue to advance multi-service and multi-national mission capacity.
He also provides ready U.S.-based Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps forces to support the command’s geographical area of responsibility, domestic requirements and other unified combatant commands around the world.
Gen. Kernan entered Officer Candidate School as a staff sergeant, gaining his commission as an infantry officer in 1968. He has served several staff and command-level units, including stints as the commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. He completed combat tours in Vietnam, Grenada and Panama.