Army Chief of Staff Gen. Milley Selected To Be Next Chairman of Joint Chiefs

December 8, 2018 11:49 AM - Updated: December 8, 2018 12:44 PM



    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley was selected by President Donald Trump to become the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s top-ranking military officer.

Milley, a 1980 graduate of Princeton University, will replace current Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, the current chairman, when he is scheduled to step down from the post in the fall of 2019 after two two-year terms. Dunford has been chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since October 1, 2015.

President Donald Trump announced the news this morning on Twitter.

During his career, Milley has served in several leadership positions with some of the Army’s most storied units, including the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, the 5th Special Forces Group and the 10th Mountain Division.

As a flag officer, he has served as deputy commanding general for the 101st Airborne, the commanding general for the 10th Mountain Division and the commanding general for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and the deputy commanding general for U.S. Forces – Afghanistan.

Milley, who also holds Master’s degrees from Columbia University in International Relations and from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies, became the Army’s chief of staff on August 14, 2015, after having been the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Ben Werner

Ben Werner

Ben Werner is a staff writer for USNI News. He has worked as a freelance writer in Busan, South Korea, and as a staff writer covering education and publicly traded companies for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga., and Baltimore Business Journal. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from New York University.

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