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Mark Alexander Milley (born June 20, 1958) is a four-star general in the United States Army and the 39th and current Chief of Staff of the Army.[1] He previously served as the 21st commanding general of United States Army Forces Command from August 15, 2014 to August 9, 2015. As the Army Chief of Staff, Milley is the highest ranking officer in the United States Army.[2]

Mark A. Milley
Mark Miley Army Chief of Staff.jpg
Born (1958-06-18) June 18, 1958 (age 61)
Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1980–present
Commands heldChief of Staff of the United States Army
United States Army Forces Command
III Corps
International Security Assistance Force Joint Command
10th Mountain Division
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light)
Battles/warsUnited States invasion of Panama
Operation Uphold Democracy
Operation Joint Endeavor
Iraq War

Operation Enduring Freedom

AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal (4)
Meritorious Service Medal (6)

On December 8, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Milley to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[3]


Early life and educationEdit

Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, Milley attended the Belmont Hill School.[4] He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Princeton University, a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Columbia University, and another Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College.[5] He is also a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.[6]

Military careerEdit

Milley earned his commission as an Armor officer through Princeton's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in 1980 and spent most of his career in Infantry assignments.[7]

Prior to serving as the 39th Army Chief of Staff, Milley served as the Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served as the Commanding General of III Corps, based at Fort Hood, Texas.[8] Prior to III Corps, he served as the Commander of the 10th Mountain Division from November 2011 to December 2012.[9] He has also served as Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 101st Airborne Division from July 2007 to April 2008 and; Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) from December 2003 to July 2005. Additionally, Milley has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 5th Special Forces Group,[10] the 7th Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the Joint Readiness Training Center, the 25th Infantry Division, Operations Staff of the Joint Staff, and as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.[11] He assumed his current assignment on August 14, 2015.[12]

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Mark A. Milley following the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., September 11, 2017

Operational deploymentsEdit

Milley has had multiple operational deployments including:

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)
  Expert Infantryman Badge
  Special Forces Tab
  Ranger tab
  Master Parachutist Badge
  Special Operations Diver Badge
  Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
  Army Staff Identification Badge
  French Parachutist Badge
  101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
  506th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
  8 Overseas Service Bars
  Defense Distinguished Service Medal
    Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
    Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
    Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
     Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
      Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
     Meritorious Unit Commendation with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
     Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars
    Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Korea Defense Service Medal
  Humanitarian Service Medal
  Army Service Ribbon
   Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5
NATO Medal for service with ISAF with bronze service star
  Multinational Force and Observers Medal
  French National Order of Merit, Commander[13]


  1. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, President-elect Trump – the ‘West Wing’ lesson, The Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Chief of Staff of the Army | General Mark A. Milley". United States Army. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  3. ^ "Donald Trump makes it official: Gen. Mark Milley to chair Joint Chiefs of Staff". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  4. ^ Berkowitz, Bram (August 27, 2015). "Winchester Native Mark A. Milley Becomes U.S. Army Chief of Staff". Winchester Star. Winchester, MA.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Art, Robert (September 1, 2015). "From the Director: September, 2015". MIT Seminar XXI. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  7. ^ Graham-Ashley, Heather (20 December 2012). "III Corps' new commander views road ahead, training, support". III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  8. ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (13 May 2015). "Gen. Mark Milley picked for Army chief of staff". Army Times.
  9. ^ Block, Gordon (4 December 2012). "Fort Drum welcomes new 10th Mountain Division commander at ceremony". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  10. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, The IDF that Eisenkot leaves behind is ready, The Jerusalem Post, January 1, 2019.
  11. ^ U.S. Army Forces Command, Commanding General Archived 2015-09-06 at the Wayback Machine,, dated 15 August 2014, last accessed 15 August 2015
  12. ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (14 August 2015). "Milley takes over as new chief of staff; Odierno retires". Army Times.
  13. ^ "Twitter". 2018-11-11. Retrieved 2018-12-11.

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Military offices
Preceded by
James Terry
Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division
Succeeded by
Stephen Townsend
Preceded by
Donald Campbell
Commanding General of III Corps
Succeeded by
Sean MacFarland
Preceded by
James Terry
Commanding General of ISAF-Joint Command
Succeeded by
Joseph Anderson
Preceded by
Daniel Allyn
Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command
Succeeded by
Robert B. Abrams
Preceded by
Raymond T. Odierno
Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Paul Selva
as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Chief of Staff of the Army
Succeeded by
John Richardson
as Chief of Naval Operations