A letter sent to the Iraqi government and circulated on Monday that appeared to claim the U.S. was preparing to withdraw from Iraq was a draft that "should not have been released," according to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.

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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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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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The U.S. Army has not and will not approve enlistment waivers for individuals with a history of self-mutilation or other documented serious mental health conditions, the Army’s top general said Wednesday.

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Army photos by Sgt. Brandon L. Rizzo

The United States Army is quickly reorganizing to expand its training, advising, and assistance to foreign forces — even as two militaries trained and equipped by the U.S. are clashing with each other in the contested Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The flaring military confrontation between Kurds and Iraqi federal troops highlights the dangers of bolstering the battlefield capabilities of foreign governments whose objectives don’t necessarily align with America’s national interests.

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The Army has reshaped its primary operating concept to focus on large-scale combat against enemies with technology and capabilities similar to American forces after 16 years of fighting insurgent groups in the Middle East and southwest Asia.

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