Gen. Mark Milley was inducted into office as the new U.S. Army chief of staff at a ceremony in Fort Myer, Virginia on Friday, Army Times reported.
Milley takes over from Gen. Ray Odierno, who has retired after nearly 40 years in service, Michelle Tan reports.
During the swearing-in event, Milley reiterated his intentions to keep the service’s commitment to boosting its readiness.
“As your chief of staff, I will ensure we will remain ready as the world’s premiere combat force,” he told his audience.
“Readiness to fight and win in ground combat is, and will remain, the United States Army’s No. 1 priority, and there will be no other No. 1.”
In a written testimony for his nomination hearing in July, Milley said he will push investments in the cybersecurity, big data, robotics, human performance management, munition, three-dimensional printing, advanced materials and nanotechnology areas.