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Trump Officially Nominates Army Gen. Mark Milley As The Next Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff
President Trump will nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president tweeted on Saturday.
If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is slated to retire on Oct. 1. However, the president tweeted the “date of transition to be determined.”
It was not immediately clear whether the president meant that Dunford could retire earlier than expected.
“I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!” Trump tweeted.
As of Saturday morning, Trump had given no indications of exactly when Milley would take over for Dunford, if conformed.
“Gen. Dunford congratulates Gen. Milley on his selection as the nominee to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Dunford’s spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder. “He has served with Gen. Milley in peacetime and in combat and has the highest regard for his leadership.”
Trump picked Milley over the recommendation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who preferred Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein for the job, the Washington Post reported.
When asked if Trump did not listen to Mattis on this matter, Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White declined to discuss Mattis’ discussions with the resident.
“The secretary's advice and counsel to the president are private,” White told Task & Purpose on Friday.
The Pentagon issued a brief statement on Saturday acknowledging Trump's announcement that he would nominate Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"We are aware of the president's nomination and share his confidence for Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the United States Army, to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Andrews. “The Department of Defense remains fully focused on defending our nation.”
UPDATE: This story was updated at 10:50 a.m. on Dec. 8 to include comments from Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Andrews.
Little girls everywhere will soon have the chance to play with a set of classic little green Army soldiers that actually reflect the presence of women in the armed forces.
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
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Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested and charged with attempting to aid the ISIS terrorist group, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.
U.S. military officials may have abandoned their dreams of powered armor straight out of Starship Troopers, but the futuristic components of America's first prototype combat exoskeleton could eventually end up in the arsenals of both U.S. special operations forces and conventional troops.
Supreme Court to consider whether military personnel can be prosecuted for rape long after the crime occurred
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether military personnel can be prosecuted for rape long after the crime occurred in an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration of a lower court ruling that overturned the rape conviction of an Air Force captain.