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Senate Confirms Ryan McCarthy, John Hyten for Army, Joint Staff Leadership Posts

Jeff Brody

Senate has approved Ryan McCarthy and Gen. John Hyten as Army secretary and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively. McCarthy served as Army undersecretary as well as the service’s acting secretary following the nomination of 2019 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper as defense secretary this summer, Defense News reported Thursday.

According to a Reuters report published Friday, Senate voted 75-22 to confirm Hyten. The former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command was nominated for his current role in April.

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved McCarthy’s nomination last week. Prior to his nomination as Army undersecretary in 2017, McCarthy served as vice president of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 sustainment program. Hyten served across leadership roles with the U.S. Air Force after entering military service in 1981.

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