Trump nominates Gen. Mark Milley as chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

By  Aaron Mehta and Tara Copp  1 hour ago   Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

The general became chief of staff of the Army in 2015 after serving at the commander of Army Forces in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Trump nominated him for a second two-year term last year. "Date of transition to be determined", Trump said on Twitter.

The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the President.

He commanded the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division; the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; served as the Deputy Commanding General for the 101st Airborne (Air Assault); and served as the Commanding General for 10th Mountain Division.

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If chosen, Milley would succeed the current chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, whose term expires later next year.

Trump, who often likes to build drama and suspense by teasing his decisions, tells reporters at the White House Friday that he's going to be making an announcement at Saturday's Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. Those operations would have to be fought in an expeditionary manner and not from large forward operating bases or smaller semi-permanent outposts such as those USA servicemembers have fought from in Afghanistan, Iraq and now in Syria. "That obviously places demands on human endurance". Before that he had served as Commandant of the Marine Corps.

And he is the architect of the Army's other newest units - it's Security Force Assistance Brigades, which are created to carry the weight of the service's mission to train, assist and advise partner nation militaries to combat insurgents or other adversaries.

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Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews said, "We are aware of the President's nomination and share his confidence" in Milley to be the Joint Chiefs chairman.

If confirmed, Milley will be the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to serve a single four-year term, a new policy made law in 2017.

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