Trump to name Milley new Joint Chiefs chairman

Trump to name Milley new Joint Chiefs chairman

Milley started the first U.S. Army-Navy ice hockey game in 2016 in advance of the 2016 Army-Navy football game.

Milley must be confirmed by the US Senate. "And I look forward to that", Trump told reporters later Saturday, praising Milley after announcing his nomination.

USA officials say President Donald Trump will nominate Army chief Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser. The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the president.

Milley is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and has served as the Army's top officer since August 2015.

Dunford was nominated to the post in 2015 by former US President Barack Obama.

Trump's announcement comes months earlier than expected.

General Joseph Dunford's term as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff is scheduled to end in October 2019

But in choosing the 60-year-old Milley, a graduate of Princeton University known for his combat command experience, Trump went against the wishes of Mattis, who reportedly favoured Air Force General David Goldfein. He is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group.

Milley has championed the rebuilding and expansion of the Army's force in recent years, warning of the need to prepare now to face major, urban combat operations against a near-peer rival such as Russian Federation or China.

"On the future battlefield, if you stay in one place longer than two or three hours, you will be dead", Milley said in 2016.

In recent years, Milley has been on the forefront of change for the Army. Before that he had served as Commandant of the Marine Corps. The service so far has built two of six planned brigades. Milley would succeed Marine General Joseph Dunford, who would normally stay in office as chairman until a slated October 1, 2019 handover date.

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