Trump picks Gen. Mark Milley as next top military adviser

Gen. Mark Milley 60 has served as the U.S. Army chief of staff since 2015

In his more than 35 years in the military, Milley has commanded units with the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Airborne and served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Milley would succeed Marine General Joseph Dunford, who would normally stay in office as chairman until a slated October 1, 2019 handover date.

Investigators working with special counsel Robert Mueller have grilled White House chief of staff John Kelly as part of their investigation into whether President Donald Trump has been attempting to obstruct justice, according to a new report from CNN. Trump nominated him for a second two-year term last year. However, one of the officials who spoke with Stars and Stripes said Trump favored Milley's personality.

He turned command over to Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland in July 2014 after he was confirmed for promotion to general and a new assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

The chairman is the highest-ranking officer in the USA military and is the top military adviser to the president.

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser.

Trump hinted earlier on Friday that he would be announcing new military leadership on Saturday when he attends the Army-Navy football game. Before that he had served as Commandant of the Marine Corps.

A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, and a fervent supporter of the Boston Red Sox and other city teams, Milley received his Army commission from Princeton University in 1980.

Previous chairmen served two two-year terms if they were re-nominated.

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

If chosen, Milley would succeed the current chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, whose term expires later next year.

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