The day of the Army is upon us.

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper will be taking over as Acting Secretary of Defense, President Trump announced on Tuesday, as Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination.

The comes just a couple of months after Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley was officially nominated to take over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

An defense official familiar with the matter confirmed to Task & Purpose that Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy will "more than likely" become Acting Army Secretary — his second time in that position.

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DOD/D. Myles Cullen

Somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon’s D-ring, there’s one fierce — and full — gift locker. So we’re led to believe by Military Times’ Leo Shane III, who this morning published a listing of all the luxe gear and weird pricey presents given to U.S. military brass in 2015 and 2016 by their foreign counterparts — $170,000 worth.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesse A. Hyatt

In 1947, the U.S. defense establishment finally recognized that airpower was an environment distinct and separate from sea or air. It required specialized knowledge and training, as well as a service culture that did not subordinate airpower to other functions within that service. The U.S. Air Force was created as a separate, independent service.

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