Milley to Speak at AUSA Webinar

Milley to Speak at AUSA Webinar

Gen Mark Milley
Photo by: U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Erich B. Smith

Retired Gen. Mark Milley, former Joint Chiefs chairman and the 39th Army chief of staff, will speak Feb. 13 at an Association of the U.S. Army Noon Report webinar.

Milley, who retired in September, will discuss the Army’s role in the joint force, look ahead to the future operating environment and talk about the challenges the Army is facing and what the service is doing to meet them.

He also will offer leadership lessons and reflections from his more than 40 years of service to the Army and the nation.

The virtual event begins at noon Eastern Feb. 13. It is free, but registration is required here.

From October 2019 to September 2023, Milley served as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his tenure as the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and principal military adviser to the president, defense secretary and National Security Council, he helped lead the U.S. military through several pivotal, critical events, including a pandemic, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Before serving as Joint Chiefs chairman, he was the Army chief of staff.

A native of Massachusetts, Milley graduated from Princeton University in 1980. During his Army career, Milley held command and staff positions in six divisions and Special Forces. His commands include the 10th Mountain Division, III Corps and Army Forces Command.

He has deployed multiple times, including to the Sinai Peninsula, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has served in Colombia, Somalia and Korea.

As Army chief of staff and later as Joint Chiefs chairman, Milley repeatedly warned of a rapidly shifting geopolitical landscape and the quickly evolving character of war. He also pushed the Army and the other services to transform to maintain a technological edge over America’s adversaries.

In remarks in June to graduating ROTC cadets at Princeton, his alma mater, Milley said the world was experiencing “a fundamental change in the character of war.”

“The United States military is 2.1 million strong, and we are the most competent, capable, ready, lethal force the world has ever known, and that’s not just braggadocio. That is fact,” Milley said at the time. “Each and every one of us as American citizens should be proud, but we can’t just rest on our laurels. You can’t rest on yesterday or the last operation. You’ve got to be looking to the future.”