Senate Confirms Milley for Joint Chiefs Chair; Hearings for Vice Chair, CNO Nominees Set for Next Week

July 26, 2019 12:22 PM
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Mark A. Milley, salutes Dr. Anthony Hassan and Brian Kinsella during his last Salute from the Chief ceremony. US Army Photo

The Senate confirmed Army Gen. Mark Milley to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Thursday afternoon.

Milley, a 1980 graduate of Princeton University, has held several command and staff positions in eight Army divisions and the Special Forces. Before being selected by President Donald Trump to chair the Joint Chiefs, Milley had been the Army’s chief of staff.

On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to consider Trump’s nomination to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. John Hyten.

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, testifies for the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C. March 28, 2019. DoD Photo

Hyten, a 1981 graduate of Harvard University, is currently the commander of U.S. Strategic Command. His nomination is complicated by accusations of sexual misconduct made by a female junior officer. However, an investigation by the Air Force determined there was insufficient evidence to support any findings of misconduct, according to multiple media accounts, reported by CNN.

On Wednesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to consider Vice Adm. Michael Gilday to be promoted to admiral and become the Chief of Naval Operations.

Vice Adm. Mike Gilday

Gilday, a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is a career surface warfare officer. He currently is the director of the Joint Staff. Trump selected Gilday to replace Adm. Bill Moran, who suddenly decided to retire from the Navy after being confirmed by the Senate but before he took over from outgoing CNO Adm. John Richardson. The Navy is investigating an ongoing professional relationship between Moran and former public affairs officer accused of mistreating multiple women during a 2016 holiday party.

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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