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Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes

Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes

Milley must be confirmed by the US Senate. He helped the service form its first new major command in some four decades - the four-star Army Futures Command stood up in Austin, Texas in the summer to focus on modernizing the service's warfighting equipment.

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

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. There has not been an Air Force officer in the chairman's post since 2005.

"I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession", he said.

But he opted to announce the news on Twitter before heading to the game.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley (L) during a Rose Garden event.

General Joseph Dunford's term as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff is scheduled to end in October 2019
Trump names Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley to be new Joint Chiefs chairman

Milley made the early decision to charge Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The general became chief of staff of the Army in 2015 after serving at the commander of Army Forces in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Bergdahl was eventually found guilty, reduced in rank to private, dishonorably discharged and fined $10,000, but was spared any additional prison time.

Inside the Pentagon, Milley was seen as one of two top choices to succeed Dunford alongside the Air Force's top officer, Gen. David Goldfein, a veteran fighter pilot who has served as chief of staff of his service since 2016.

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). 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.

Dunford is scheduled to retire in October 2019 at the end of his second two-year term.

The Trump family may also have an affinity for the Army.

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