Trump to name new Joint Chiefs chairman, sources say

Frederick Owens
December 9, 2018

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

Dunford's spokesman, Col. Patrick Ryder, said all indications are that Dunford will serve his full term.

In addition to the scheduled change of the chairman, several other key slots on the Joint Chiefs of Staff are scheduled to open next year. However, one of the officials who spoke with Stars and Stripes said Trump favored Milley's personality.

US officials say President Donald Trump will nominate Army chief Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser.

Milley is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and has served as the Army's top officer since August 2015.

Trump announced his picks for a new attorney general and a new United Nations ambassador on Friday and initially suggested he might make the military announcement at Saturday's annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. Before that he had served as Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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As the Army's top leader, he helped shepherd the groundbreaking move of women into front-line infantry and other combat positions, while warning that it would take time to do it right. "He has served with Gen. Milley in peacetime and in combat and has the highest regard for his leadership".

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is made up of the heads of the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and National Guard.

Although Kelly was not serving as Trump's chief of staff during the time he fired former FBI Director James Comey, Mueller's team nonetheless wanted him to answer some questions about what he remembered about key events surrounding the firing.

A native of Massachusetts, Milley holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be done his second term in 2018.

Dunford was nominated to the post in 2015 by former US President Barack Obama.

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