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Trump Nominates Army Chief Milley to Replace Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford

09 December 2018

President Donald Trump is expected to name Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to two USA officials.

Two defense officials tell CNN that Milley and Trump will be together on the Army side of the field during tomorrow's game and then Trump is expected to visit the Navy side during the second half of the game. He has commanded units with the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Airborne and served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the president. A year ago he admonished the House Armed Services Committee for its inability to approve a defense budget, slamming it as "professional malpractice". While serving as the Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood, he deployed as the Commanding General, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan.

Milley made the early decision to charge Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Dunford is a Marine Corps general. Bergdahl was eventually found guilty, reduced in rank to private, dishonorably discharged and fined $10,000, but was spared any additional prison time. Dunford is expected to serve out his term.

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Milley, 60, is a graduate of Princeton University.

Inside the Pentagon, Milley was seen as one of two top choices to succeed Dunford alongside the Air Force's top officer, Gen. David Goldfein, a veteran fighter pilot who has served as chief of staff of his service since 2016.

Goldfein began his term as Air Force chief of staff in 2016, so wouldn't be expected to step down until the summer of 2020.

Trump Nominates Army Chief Milley to Replace Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford