Trump to name former Fort Hood commander as Joint Chiefs chairman

Lamar Ellis
December 8, 2018

If chosen, Milley would succeed the current chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, whose term expires later next year.

President Donald Trump has indicated he will make an announcement at Saturday's Army-Navy game and no one in the Pentagon seems to have the foggiest idea what he is talking about.

West Wing officials widely believe that chief of staff John Kelly's departure is imminent and that Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, will replace him.

Milley is known as a charismatic, outgoing leader who has not been afraid to offer candid and sometimes blunt assessments to Congress.

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

Milley will be the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to serve a single 4-year term. Previous year he admonished the House Armed Services Committee for its inability to approve a defense budget, slamming it as "professional malpractice". More recently, he has worked with his senior officers to reverse a shortfall in Army recruiting when the service fell far short of its annual goal this year.

He turned command over to Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland in July 2014 after he was confirmed for promotion to general and a new assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. He has served in command and leadership positions, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.

His term as Joint Chiefs chairman ends October 1.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be done his second term in 2018. Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments.

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