Senate Confirms Mark Milley as Chairman of Joint Chiefs

  • 2019-07-25
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Senate Confirms Mark Milley as Chairman of Joint Chiefs
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President  Trump has gotten another one of his nominees confirmed.

The Senate has confirmed Army General Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Milley was confirmed by a vote of 89-1.

According to The Military Times:

WASHINGTON — Army Gen. Mark Milley will be the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, following an 89-1 vote in the Senate Thursday.

Milley, the former Army chief of staff, is expected to replace Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford as the nation’s top uniformed officer sometime in September. He will work again beside newly installed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The two worked side by side for two years, when Esper was Army secretary.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, was the lone no vote.

In late 2018, the expectation was that either Milley or Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein would be the choice of next chairman. Goldfein was reportedly backed by Dunford and then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, but Milley appealed to Trump — so much so that the president announced his choice in December, a shock given that Dunford had nine months left of service before he was due to retire.

Milley becomes the 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to have come from the Army.

 Source: TTN

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