General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Mark Milley

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mark Alexander Milley was born in June 1958 in Winchester, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in political science from Princeton University, and a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Columbia University. He also received an M.A. in international security and security studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and is a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies.

Milley earned his commission as an Army officer through Princeton’s Army ROTC program, and spent most of his career in Infantry or Special Forces assignments. He has served as the commanding general of U.S. Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and for III Corps based at Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to that, he served as the commander of the 10th Mountain Division.

He has been involved in the U.S. invasion of Panama, Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Joint Endeavor, several operations in Iraq, and also in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

A four-star general, Milley assumed his position as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in August 2015. President Trump announced in December 2018 that Milley would serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In July 2019, he was confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in in September 2019.

In the News…

Following a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contract Group in Brussels, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley stated, “Russia has deliberately struck civilian infrastructure with the purpose of harming civilians.” 

“They have targeted the elderly, the women, and the children of Ukraine. Indiscriminate and deliberate attacks on civilian targets is a war crime in the international rules of war,” the general said. 

General Milley was in Brussels, along with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, as part of a meeting with more than 50 nations to discuss how to continue to provide Ukraine with weapons and aid in its ongoing fight with Russia, which has entered its eighth month. 


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