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Senate Gets McCarthy Nomination for Secretary

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U.S. Army
Monday, September 09, 2019

Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has been formally nominated for the permanent job just days ahead of a scheduled Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that could lead to his becoming the 24th secretary of the Army.

Since his 2017 confirmation as Army undersecretary, McCarthy has filled the service’s top civilian post three times.

McCarthy, who served in the Army from 1997 to 2002, is a combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 75th Ranger Regiment.  He also served as a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates during the Bush and Obama administrations and worked as a congressional staff member, for Lockheed Martin Corporation and as a commercial banker.

President Donald Trump had announced in June that he intended to nominate McCarthy to become Army secretary when then-Army Secretary Mark Esper was tapped to become the new defense secretary. Esper was sworn in as defense secretary on July 23.

McCarthy is scheduled to appear Sept. 12 before the Senate committee alongside Barbara Barrett, the Trump administration nominee to become Air Force secretary.