Vice Adm. Michael Gilday was nominated on July 17, 2019 to become the next chief of naval operations.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Somers Steelman.
Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday has officially been nominated to become the next chief of naval operations.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gilday would receive his fourth star and replace current Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, who is retiring in September.
Gilday is the second flag officer picked to replace Richardson. In May, the Senate confirmed Adm. Bill Moran to lead the Navy, but Moran announced earlier this month that he would retire instead after acknowledging he had sought advice on public affairs matters from a public affairs officer who was investigated for allegedly sexually harassing women at a Christmas party.
Gilday has served as director of the Joint Staff since July 2018. At a recent press briefing, he made the Pentagon's case that Iran had launched a "campaign" against U.S. forces and allied nations in the Middle East, including the sabotage of foreign tankers and an attempted rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
"We believe with a high degree of confidence that this stems back to the leadership of Iran at the highest levels and that all of the attacks that I mentioned have been attributed to Iran through their proxies or their forces," Gilday said during the May 24 briefing.
A 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Gilday is a surface warfare officer who saw combat during the Persian Gulf War. In February 1991, he served as the combat systems officer aboard the cruiser USS Princeton when it struck a mine.
"The explosion sent shockwaves radiating along the ship's keel, throwing the aft lookout into the water and the forward lookout 10 feet into the air," according to Naval History and Heritage Command. "Within several seconds, the shock waves triggered a second mine that exploded about 350 yards off the ship's starboard bow, the blast inflicting a side-to-side motion on the hull that nearly split Princeton in half and tossed men about for seven seconds."
The ship's crew worked in filthy water to fight flooding and fires and bring the Princeton's radars and combat systems back online. Three of the injured sailors to be medically evacuated. The ship reached safety and was repaired in Bahrain.
Gilday's military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal; Bronze Star; four Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, including one with a Combat "V"; Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon (Sharpshooter); and Pistol Marksmanship Medal (Expert).
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.