Mark A. Milley
Mark Alexander Milley (born June 20, 1958) is a four-star general in the United States Army and the 39th and current Chief of Staff of the Army. He previously

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Mark MilleyBorn (1958-06-18) June 18, 1958 (age 61)
Winchester, MassachusettsAllegianceUnited StatesService/branchUnited States ArmyYears of service1980–presentRankGeneralCommands heldChief of Staff of the United States Army
United States Army Forces Command
III Corps
International Security Assistance Force Joint Command
10th Mountain Division
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light)Battles/warsUnited States invasion of Panama
Operation Uphold Democracy
Operation Joint Endeavor
Iraq War
War in AfghanistanAwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
Meritorious Service Medal (6)

Mark Alexander Milley (born June 20, 1958) is a four-star general in the United States Army and the 39th and current Chief of Staff of the Army.[1] He previously served as the 21st commanding general of United States Army Forces Command from August 15, 2014 to August 9, 2015. As the Army Chief of Staff, Milley is the highest ranking officer in the United States Army.[2]

On December 8, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Milley to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[3]

Contents Early life and education

Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, Milley attended the Belmont Hill School.[4] He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Princeton University, a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Columbia University, and another Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College.[5] He is also a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.[6]

Military career

Milley earned his commission as an Armor officer through Princeton's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in 1980 and has spent most of his career in Infantry assignments.[7]

Milley has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 5th Special Forces Group,[8] the 7th Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the Joint Readiness Training Center, the 25th Infantry Division, Operations Staff of the Joint Staff, and as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.[9] In November 2000, he participated in the 2nd Annual Army-Navy Ice Hockey Game in Honolulu, Hawaii, a charity event benefiting youth ice hockey players in the area.[10]

Milley commanded the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) from December 2003 to July 2005, served as Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 101st Airborne Division from July 2007 to April 2008, and was Commander of the 10th Mountain Division from November 2011 to December 2012.[11] He then served as the Commanding General of III Corps, based at Fort Hood, Texas, from 2012 to 2014,[12] and as the Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 2014 to 2015. He was appointed Chief of Staff of the United States Army on August 14, 2015.[13]

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Mark A. Milley following the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., September 11, 2017 Iraq War study

In 2018, Milley was involved in deciding whether the Army would publish a controversial study on the Iraq War, a two volume, 1,300 page study. Milley reportedly decided that he wanted to read the entire 500,000 word study before making a decision on publication. Milley also directed that an external panel of scholars review the work before he would made a decision. After the panel returned glowing reviews on the study, including one that described the study as "the gold standard in official history", Milley continued to delay publication so he could review the study further.

In September 2018, secretary of the Army Mark Esper and other Army officials decided to distance themselves from the study by casting the study "as an independent "work of the authors, instead of being described as a project by the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Operation Iraqi Freedom Study Group." When confronted by a journalist from the Wall Street Journal in October 2018, Milley reversed these decisions, ordering the study to be published officially, and with a foreword that he would write. He declared the team that wrote the study "did a damn good job," that the study itself was "a solid work," and noted that he aimed to publish the study by the holidays (2018).[14]

Within days of this revelation, two members of congress who sit on the House Armed Services Committee (Reps. Jackie Speier, D-California, and Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona) sent a letter to Army leadership that expressed their anger with the Army's delay of publication of the report. In a press release accompanying the letter to Milley and Esper, Rep. Spier said, "This is simply the Army being unwilling to publicly air its mistakes. Our military, Congress, and the American people deserve nothing less than total transparency on the lessons the Army has identified so that we may use those lessons to avoid costly, and too often deadly, mistakes of the past."[15][15] As of early December 2018, the Iraq War study remained unpublished by the Army.

Operational deployments

Milley has had multiple operational deployments including:

Awards and decorations Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award) Expert Infantryman Badge Special Forces Tab Ranger tab Master Parachutist Badge Special Operations Diver Badge Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge Army Staff Identification Badge French Parachutist Badge 101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge 506th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia 8 Overseas Service Bars Defense Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster Meritorious Unit Commendation with three oak leaf clusters National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two service stars Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korea Defense Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Army Service Ribbon Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5 NATO Medal for service with ISAF with bronze service star Multinational Force and Observers Medal  French National Order of Merit, Commander[16] References
  1. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, President-elect Trump – the ‘West Wing’ lesson, The Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Chief of Staff of the Army | General Mark A. Milley". United States Army. Retrieved cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  3. ^ "Donald Trump makes it official: Gen. Mark Milley to chair Joint Chiefs of Staff". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  4. ^ Berkowitz, Bram (August 27, 2015). "Winchester Native Mark A. Milley Becomes U.S. Army Chief of Staff". Winchester Star. Winchester, MA.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Art, Robert (September 1, 2015). "From the Director: September, 2015". MIT Seminar XXI. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  7. ^ Graham-Ashley, Heather (20 December 2012). "III Corps' new commander views road ahead, training, support". III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  8. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, The IDF that Eisenkot leaves behind is ready, The Jerusalem Post, January 1, 2019.
  9. ^ U.S. Army Forces Command, Commanding General Archived 2015-09-06 at the Wayback Machine,, dated 15 August 2014, last accessed 15 August 2015
  10. ^ "Honolulu Star-Bulletin Sports".
  11. ^ Block, Gordon (4 December 2012). "Fort Drum welcomes new 10th Mountain Division commander at ceremony". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  12. ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (13 May 2015). "Gen. Mark Milley picked for Army chief of staff". Army Times.
  13. ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (14 August 2015). "Milley takes over as new chief of staff; Odierno retires". Army Times.
  14. ^ Gordon, Michael R. (October 22, 2018). "The Army Stymied Its Own Study of the Iraq War" – via
  15. ^ a b South, Todd (October 25, 2018). "Army's detailed Iraq war study remains unpublished years after completion". Army Times.
  16. ^ "Twitter". 2018-11-11. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
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