Between 500 and 600 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Syria when all is said and done, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley said on Sunday.

Milley's comments on ABC News' "This Week" indicate the U.S. military's footprint in Syria will end up being roughly half the size it was before Turkey invaded Kurdish-held northeast Syria last month.

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For the first time since the position was created in 2005, an airman will serve as the senior enlisted leader to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramon "CZ" Colon-Lopez will replace Army Command Sgt. Major John. W. Troxell, who is retiring in December, defense officials announced on Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump revealed on Monday that Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford helped him decide to run for president in 2015.

The president's affinity for the military was on full display as he spoke at Fort Meyer, Virginia, after Dunford officially swore in Army Gen. Mark Milley as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Mark, I want to congratulate you," Trump said. "You're my friend. You're my advisor and you deserve this position. I never had a doubt."

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Army Gen. Mark Milley has been confirmed to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"I am humbled and honored to be confirmed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Milley said Thursday in a statement. "Thank you to the president and the Senate for their confidence. I have been privileged to serve as Chief of Staff of the Army these last four years, and look forward to the opportunity to continue working alongside the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Department of Defense civilians, and families serving our nation's military."

Milley is expected to replace the current chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sept. 30.

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Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill/U.S. Army National Guard

Army Gen. Mark Milley defended the Pentagon's ban on certain transgender people joining the military during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.

The Pentagon's transgender policy became effective on April 12. It prevents potential recruits with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from joining the military unless they have been medically stable for 36 months and if they have not yet had medical treatment to transition to a new gender.

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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.

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