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Milley Formally Nominated as Joint Chiefs Chairman

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U.S. Army
Tuesday, April 09, 2019

The Trump administration formally nominated Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley on April 8 to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs, along with several other major nominations that will reshape military leadership.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville was previously nominated to succeed Milley as the Army’s top uniformed leader. Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Martin, director of the Army staff, is now nominated to succeed McConville and receive a promotion to general.

Martin is a Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve veteran and former 1st Infantry Division commanding general who also commanded the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, California.

Four other Army nominations were also made April 8 to the U.S. Senate.

Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, XVIII Airborne Corps commanding general and commander of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, is nominated for a fourth star and assignment as U.S. Army Pacific commanding general.

Maj. Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, U.S. Central Command chief of staff, is nominated for a third star and would succeed LaCamera at the XVIII Airborne Corps.

Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson, U.S. Army Forces Command deputy commanding general, is nominated to lead U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 

Maj. Gen. Robert “Pat” White is nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and to assume III Corps command at Fort Hood, Texas. White, who previously commanded the 1st Armored Division, is serving as director of the J-3 at U.S. European Command.

It is not clear when the Senate Armed Services Committee will take up the nominations.