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Mark Milley
""Mark Miley Army Chief of Staff.jpg
Birth name Mark Alexander Milley
Born (1958-06-18) June 18, 1958 (age 60)
"Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  "United States Army
Years of service 1980–present
Rank ""Army-USA-OF-09.svg "General
Commands held "U.S. Army Chief of Staff
"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/wars "United States invasion of Panama
"Operation Uphold Democracy
"Operation Joint Endeavor
"Iraq War
 • "Operation Iraqi Freedom
"Operation Enduring Freedom
 • "War in Afghanistan
Awards "Defense 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)
Website www.army.mil/leaders/csa

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


Early life and education[edit]

Born in "Winchester, Massachusetts, Milley attended the "Belmont Hill School.[3] 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 "security studies from the "U.S. Naval War College.[4] He is also a graduate of the "MIT Center for International Studies Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.[5]


Milley earned his "commission as an "Armor officer through Princeton's Army "ROTC program in 1980 and spent most of his career in "Infantry assignments.[6]

Prior to serving as the 39th U.S. Army Chief of Staff, he served as the Commanding General of "U.S. Forces Command, based at "Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served as the Commanding General of "III Corps, based at "Fort Hood, Texas.[7] Prior to III Corps, he served as the Commander of the "10th Mountain Division from November 2011 to December 2012.[8] 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, 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.[9] He assumed his current assignment on August 14, 2015.[10]

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

In November 2000, Milley participated in the 2nd Annual Army-Navy Ice Hockey Game in Honolulu, Hawaii, a charity event benefiting youth ice hockey players in the area.[11]

On June 4, 2018 he appeared with "Don Cherry on Coach's Corner during game four of the Stanley Cup on "Hockey Night in Canada, where he talked about growing up in Massachusetts cheering for the "Boston Bruins, and his days as a collegiate hockey player at Princeton. He also stated that his Grandparents were from St. John’s Newfoundland.

Operational deployments[edit]

Milley has had multiple operational deployments including:

Awards and decorations[edit]

""CIB2.png "Combat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)
""Expert Infantry Badge.svg "Expert Infantryman Badge
""SpecialForcesTabMetal.jpg "Special Forces Tab
""Ranger Tab.svg "Ranger tab
""Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg "Master Parachutist Badge
""SFDiver.PNG "Special Operations Diver Badge
""Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg "Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
""United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png "Army Staff Identification Badge
""Brevet Parachutiste.jpg French "Parachutist Badge
""101st Airborne Division CSIB.png "101st Airborne Division "Combat Service Identification Badge
""Distinctive unit insignia of the 506th Infantry Regiment (United States).svg "506th Infantry Regiment "Distinctive Unit Insignia
""ArmyOSB.svg 8 "Overseas Service Bars
"" "Defense Distinguished Service Medal
""""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg "Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze "oak leaf clusters
""""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg "Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
""""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg "Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
""Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg "Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters
""Silver oak leaf cluster
"Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
""""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg "Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
""Bronze oak leaf cluster
"Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
""""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg""Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg "Meritorious Unit Commendation with three oak leaf clusters
""Bronze star
"National Defense Service Medal with one bronze "service star
""""Bronze-service-star-3d.png""Bronze-service-star-3d.png "Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
""""Bronze-service-star-3d.png""Bronze-service-star-3d.png""Bronze-service-star-3d.png "Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three "campaign stars
""""Bronze-service-star-3d.png""Bronze-service-star-3d.png "Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
"" "Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
"" "Korea Defense Service Medal
"" "Humanitarian Service Medal
"" "Army Service Ribbon
""""Award numeral 5.png "Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze "award numeral 5
""Bronze star
"NATO Medal for service with "ISAF with bronze service star
"" "Multinational Force and Observers Medal


  1. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, President-elect Trump – the ‘West Wing’ lesson, "The Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.army.mil/leaders/csa/?from=wiki
  3. ^ Berkowitz, Bram (August 27, 2015). "Winchester Native Mark A. Milley Becomes U.S. Army Chief of Staff". Winchester Star. Winchester, MA. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  5. ^ Art, Robert (September 1, 2015). "From the Director: September, 2015". MIT Seminar XXI. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (13 May 2015). "Gen. Mark Milley picked for Army chief of staff". Army Times. 
  8. ^ Block, Gordon (4 December 2012). "Fort Drum welcomes new 10th Mountain Division commander at ceremony". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ U.S. Army Forces Command, Commanding General Archived 2015-09-06 at the "Wayback Machine., www.army.mil/forscom, dated 15 August 2014, last accessed 15 August 2015
  10. ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (14 August 2015). "Milley takes over as new chief of staff; Odierno retires". Army Times. 
  11. ^ Army-Navy duel on ice

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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
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"John Richardson
as "Chief of Naval Operations
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