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McConville, Moran confirmed as new Army and Navy chiefs
The U.S. Senate closed out the week before Memorial Day by confirming Gen. James McConville as the Army's new chief of staff and Adm. Bill Moran as the Navy's new chief of naval operations.
McConville, previously vice chief of staff of the Army, was confirmed on Thursday along with his successor, Lt Gen. Joseph Marin. Moran, currently vice chief of naval operations, was confirmed Friday along with his successor, Vice Adm. Robert Burke.
McConville, a West Point graduate whose nomination was originally announced at the AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition back in March 2019, was previously the longest-serving commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
As Task & Purpose previously reported, the West Point graduate brings "extensive experience" as an Army aviator and significant flight time in rotary-wing aircraft like the AH-64D Longbow Apache, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, and the AH-6, AH-1 Cobra to the role
McConville "is an extremely accomplished Army officer and I'm supremely confident in his abilities as the next Chief of Staff," Army Secretary Mark Esper said in a Thursday statement. "He has played an instrumental role in almost every major decision the Army has made since becoming the Vice Chief of Staff and is the perfect leader to carry on our mission of preparing the Army for the future."
Moran, who had served as VCNO since May 2016, is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Academy and a P-3 Orion pilot by training who previously served on the staffs of the chief of naval personnel and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, as Task & Purpose previously reported.
"I am deeply humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to continue to serve as our Navy's next chief of naval operations," Moran said in a preprepared statement on Friday. "I look forward to the honor of leading the men and women of the world's greatest Navy in service to our nation."
Gen. Mark A. Milley, McConville's predecessor as Army chief of staff, was formally nominated for the role of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in April. Current CNO Adm. John Richardson, according to USNI News\, will retire after 37 years as a Navy officer.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea said on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.
The drills, known as the Combined Flying Training Event, would have simulated air combat scenarios and involved an undisclosed number of warplanes from both the United States and South Korea.
An opening ceremony will be held Monday on Hawaii island for a military exercise with China that will involve about 100 People's Liberation Army soldiers training alongside U.S. Army counterparts.
This comes after Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke on Veterans Day at Punchbowl cemetery about the "rules-based international order" that followed U.S. victory in the Pacific in World War II, and China's attempts to usurp it.
Those American standards "are even more important today," Davidson said, "as malicious actors like the Communist Party of China seek to redefine the international order through corruption, malign cyber activities, intellectual property theft, restriction of individual liberties, military coercion and the direct attempts to override other nations' sovereignty."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.