In light of the secretary's decision, Gen. Dunford stated, "In the wake of the secretary's decision, my responsibility is to ensure this is properly implemented. Moving forward, my focus is to lead the full integration of women in a manner that maintains our joint capability ."
"We have fought too hard over the past 12 years," Gen. Dunford said. "We have shed too much blood over the past 12 years. We have done too much to help the Afghan security forces grow over the last 12 years to ever think that violence or instability would be to our advantage."