Birth name Mark Alexander Milley
Born June 20, 1958 (age 58)
Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1980–present
Rank 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)

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.[2]

Early life and educationEdit

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 or Special Forces assignments.[6] He is only the second CSA to have graduated from an Ivy League school, the first one having been Leonard Wood, who graduated with his AB from Harvard University and his MD from Harvard Medical School.

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]

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]

Operational deploymentsEdit

Milley has had multiple operational deployments including:

Awards and decorationsEdit

CIB2.pngCombat Infantryman Badge with Star (denoting 2nd award)
Expert Infantry Badge.svgExpert Infantryman Badge
SpecialForcesTabMetal.jpgSpecial Forces Tab
Ranger Tab.svgRanger tab
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svgMaster Parachutist Badge
SFDiver.PNGSpecial Operations Diver Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svgJoint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.pngArmy Staff Identification Badge
Brevet Parachutiste.jpgFrench Parachutist Badge
101st Airborne Division CSIB.png101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
Distinctive unit insignia of the 506th Infantry Regiment (United States).svg506th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ASU overseas service bar.jpgOverseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze 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.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze 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.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze 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.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze 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.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-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’ lessonThe Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2016.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Berkowitz, Bram (August 27, 2015). “Winchester Native Mark A. Milley Becomes U.S. Army Chief of Staff”Winchester Star. Winchester, MA.
  4. ^
  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,, 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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