President Trump has announced he will nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing current Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford when his term expires in October 2019.
The president reportedly plans to make the announcement at Saturday's annual Army-Navy football game. Typically, the successor to the chairman would not be selected until next year, given that Dunford is due to serve until October 1, 2019. "I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the joint chiefs of staff and succession". An infantry officer by training, he also commanded Special Forces units in a career that included deployments in the invasion of Panama in 1989; the multinational mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina to implement the Dayton Peace Accords; and the Iraq war. Previous chairmen served two two-year terms if they were re-nominated.
Trump names Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley to be new Joint Chiefs chairman
The expected departure would end a tumultuous tenure for Kelly, who was brought on to bring order to the White House but whose time as chief of staff has often been marked by the same infighting and controversy that has largely defined Trump's presidency from its beginning.
He also served as deputy commanding general of US forces in Afghanistan. If confirmed, he will be the first chairman to serve a single four-year term instead of a two-year term with the possibility of a second - a change which was made in the latest National Defense Authorization Act. He has been Army chief of staff since 2015.More news: SpaceX launches cargo to space station