General Peter Pace retired in 2007, after more than 40 years of active service in the United States Marine Corps. As the 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005-2007), he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. He also served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2001-2005), the first Marine to serve in either of these positions. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, Pace is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the National War College. He holds a master’s degree in administration from George Washington University. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a president can bestow. He is currently serving on the board of directors of several corporate entities involved in management consulting, private equity, and cybersecurity. He and his wife, Lynne, are associated with many charities focused on supporting the troops and their families.