Trump has announced the nomination of Four-star General Mark Milley as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“I am pleased to announce my nomination of four-star General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army – as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Joe Dunford, who will be retiring”
“I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country! Date of transition to be determined” he said
President Donald Trump has nominated a four Star general Mark Milley Chief of staff of the United States Army as the chairman of the joint Chief of staff.
He will be replacing general Joe Dunford who will be retiring
He is stepping into a big responsibility as he will oversee America’s troops as they fight in Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and across the world. Milley will also have to provide clear military advice to the president.
A little biography of him;
Mark Alexander Milley (born June 20, 1958) is a four-star general in the United States Army. Before now he was the 39th and former Chief of Staff of the Army. He previously served as the 21st commanding general of United States Army Forces Command from August 9, 2015. As the Army Chief of Staff, Milley is the highest ranking officer in the United States Army.
Milley earned his commission as an Armor officer through Princeton’s Army Reserves Officer’s Training program in 1980 and spent most of his career in Infantry assignments.
He served as the Commanding General of III Corp, based at Fort Hood, Texas . Prior to III Corps, he served as the Commander of the 10th Mountain Division from November 2011 to December 2012. He has also served as Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 101st Airborne Division from July 2007 to April 2008 and; Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team,10th Mountain Division (Light) from December 2003 to July 2005. Additionally, Milley has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 5th Special Forces, the 7th Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the Joint Readiness Training Center, the 25th Infantry Division, Operations Staff of the Joint Staff, and as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.
He will replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who also served in the Obama administration and is due to retire next fall, as the chair. He beat out Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief, for the job even though Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis preferred him over Milley.
It will be very interesting to note that Milley had in the past publicly condemned the actions of white nationalist, after Trump refused to fully condemn their actions in Charlottesville last year.
“The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It’s against our Values and everything we’ve stood for since 1775,” he tweeted on August 16, 2017.
If he defies the president in public as the nation’s top military officer, it will be difficult to serve for a long time.