Trump is expected to pick Army chief Milley as next Joint Chiefs chairman

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to opening statements during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 12, 2018. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to opening statements during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 12, 2018. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Trump is expected to pick Army chief Milley as next Joint Chiefs chairman

by: Corey Dickstein | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 08, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to reveal the Army’s top general as his choice for the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Saturday during an appearance at the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, officials said Friday.

Trump is believed to have chosen Gen. Mark Milley, who has served as Army chief of staff since 2015, as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, two U.S. officials told Stars and Stripes, confirming reports Friday by the New York Times and Washington Post. Milley would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford who is slated to retire after his second two-year term as the military’s top officer concludes in October 2019.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House had yet to make the announcement public. Spokesmen for Dunford and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declined to comment Friday about the expected announcement.

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