Trump chooses army general to lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Army's fiscal 2018 budget

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Army's fiscal 2018 budget

Dunford's spokesman, Col. Patrick Ryder, said all indications are that Dunford will serve his full term.

US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn after returning to the White House in Washington, US, December 7, 2018.

Under the law, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest-ranking and senior-most military officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and is the principal military advisor to the president. However, one of the officials who spoke with Stars and Stripes said Trump favored Milley's personality.

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.

It is unusual to make the announcement of the Defense Department's next top officer at a sporting event - even one as revered in military circles as the 128-year-old game between the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy - and reveal the decision some 10 months before the transition is scheduled to take place. He has served in numerous command and leadership position, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dunford is a former commandant of the Marine Corps and commander of coalition troops in Afghanistan.




Milley was also involved in the launch of Army Futures Command which is tasked with helping modernize the service.

Milley made the early decision to charge Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Previous chairmen served two two-year terms if they were re-nominated.

A native of Massachusetts, Milley holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University. Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term. Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments.

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

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