Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser

Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser

Milley would succeed Marine General Joseph Dunford, who would normally stay in office as chairman until a slated October 1, 2019 handover date.

Dunford's spokesman, Col. Patrick Ryder, said all indications are that Dunford will serve his full term.

"I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession", he said.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff serve as the executive branch's top military advisers.

Milley's nomination will need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Dunford is a Marine Corps general.

"I have another one for tomorrow that I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", Trump said, according to a White House pool report. Milley commanded troops during several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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After becoming Chief of Staff of the Army in 2015, Milley helped oversee the army's transition away from large-scale counterinsurgency campaigns in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, focusing instead on near-peer challenges from Russian Federation and China.

The president reportedly plans to make the announcement at Saturday's annual Army-Navy football game.

Milley was also involved in the launch of Army Futures Command which is tasked with helping modernize the service. He has served in numerous command and leadership position, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term.

A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, and a fervent supporter of the Boston Red Sox and other city teams, Milley received his Army commission from Princeton University in 1980.

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.

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.

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