Trump to name former Fort Hood commander as Joint Chiefs chairman

President Donald Trump walks to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base Md. Friday Dec. 7 2018 to travel to Kansas City Mo. to speak at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference

Dunford would normally remain as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until a scheduled October 1, 2019, handover.

He teased the news Friday, and on the next day, President Trump made it official: Mark Milley has earned his nomination to be the new chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, per the Hill.

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. Milley commanded troops during several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee praised Milley for his "direct, insightful military assessments based upon his intellect and years of experience". 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. However, one of the officials who spoke with Stars and Stripes said Trump favored Milley's personality.

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Dunford is a Marine Corps general. Dunford has been serving as chairman since 2015. Bergdahl was eventually found guilty, reduced in rank to private, dishonorably discharged and fined $10,000, but was spared any additional prison time. After the deadly white nationalist protest in Charlottesville in August 2017, Mr. Trump incited criticism by saying there were "good people on both sides" of the protest.

Joseph Dunford, who took on the role in 2015, is expected to serve out his term, which expires later next year.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.

Milley's holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Princeton University, a Master's Degrees from Columbia University (International Relations) and from the U.S. Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies).

Some officials said privately that they expected Goldfein to be chosen because the Air Force was due to receive the chairmanship - two Marine generals, an Army general and a Navy admiral have served since the Air Force's last chairman left office in 2005.

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