Gen. Mark Milley Assumes Leadership of Joint Staff; Mark Esper Quoted

Jeff Brody
Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley has assumed the role of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.

The Department of Defense said Monday that Milley, a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, serves as the Joint Staff’s 20th chairman responsible for overseeing the defense component's more than 3 million service members. He succeeds Gen. Joseph Dunford in his new role.

Mark Esper, defense secretary and a fellow 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said during the ceremony that Dunford helped rebuild Army readiness following “years of insufficient defense budgets.” "At the same time, he advanced the Army's ability to prepare for future warfare by standing up Army Futures Command, the largest organizational change within the service in 45 years,” Esper added.

Milley, previously the U.S. Army’s chief of staff, was nominated for his current role in December 2018. 

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