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James E. Cartwright

General James E. "Hoss" Cartwright, USMC, (born September 22, 1949), is the eighth and current Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He previously served as the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, from September 1, 2004 to August 10, 2007, and as Acting Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from July 9, 2004 to September 1, 2004. He assumed his current assignment on August 31, 2007.