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Secretary General Mark Milley, the official’s top officer, nominated Saturday by President Trump to be the next joint chief executive, is a rarity among senior military officers. He did not attend any of the service academies, but is an Ivy League exam.
And he was playing the Princeton hockey team.
If approved by the Senate, the 60-year-old Massachusetts officer will take the helm next summer from another Massachusetts native, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford. But that can happen all the time before. After announcing Milley, Trump tweeted, “Date of transition to be determined.”
Milley was sometimes considered a long shot for joint chief executive, serving as the top military advisor to the president. Others questioned included admiral John Richardson and Air Force General David Goldfein. Sources say that some of defensive secretary Jim Mattis this week were still investing in Goldfein.
Milley is a chatty, clever, fat-chested officer who seemed to click with President Trump. Sometimes they can be seen laughing together or sharing a joke.
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During a medal of honor presentation in June, President Trump pointed to Milley, who is in the front row.
“A very good negotiator, General Mark Milley,” said Trump. “I could see in his eyes when I talk about the cost of these bombs. He’s good at throwing them, but he’s also good at pricing them. Right? I see it.”
A lush appetite for history
The general has a lush appetite for history, especially military history – and Boston’s sports team. On a trip to the Mideast region 2015 and appeared before soldiers, Milley handled those who believed that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved in “deflategate”.
On the same trip, he stayed in Baghdad and pushed senior Iraqi officers to move faster in their fight against ISIS, repeatedly requesting a timetable to take back the city of Mosul. Not long after Milley insisted – against objections from local officials – to travel to the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, to inspect a camp of American and international peacekeepers temporarily attacked by ISIS warriors.
Milley was the key to getting some of these troops moved further south to a less dangerous camp on the Sinai Peninsula.
The general will engage someone who will listen to the story. A Japanese battle flag hangs inside its house, block 1, at Fort McNair in Arlington, Va. It was seized by his father-in-law who fought in the Pacific during World War II and jumped through the islands of Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.
Milley can quickly move from talking about World War II to the Battle of Bunker Hill to the Korean War to the Afghanistan War. Everything that seems without taking the breath. Sometimes other army genres will also shout private about Milley’s constant history sections. It leaves some time for current business.
The general earned tabs as Armanger and Green Bear, and he has great fighting experience, participates in operations in Panama, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan – where he once served as No. 2 officer.
Milley has been Human Resources Manager since 2015, where his job is to ensure that the army is trained and equipped. He had this to say at his Senate Confirmation Corner: “Our fundamental task is to win, to win in an irreconcilable melting body” in conflict.
He told the senators that the army has a variety of tasks, including humanitarian aid and training of local forces in other countries.
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“But our very reason to be the very essence of what it means to have an army is to win and to fight firmly against the enemies of our country so that the American citizens can enjoy life, freedom and pursuit of happiness . “
Officials told the NPR that among the Common Staff Chiefs, Milley is specifically focused on the North Korean threat so that the army forces are trained for any event.
Milley said at a conference last year that a “full blown war on the Korean peninsula will be terrible by some stretch of imagination.”
But Milley said that North Korea possesses a nuclear missile that could hit the United States unacceptable.
“It would be terrible, it’s not a question, but it would also be an intercontinental ballistic missile that hits Los Angeles or New York.” It would be as terrible. “