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. He previously served as the 21st commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command from August 15, 2014 to August 9, 2015.
Early life and education
Born in Winchester, Massachusetts, Milley attended the Belmont Hill School. 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. He is also a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies Seminar XXI National Security Studies Program.
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. 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. Prior to III Corps, he served as the Commander of the 10th Mountain Division from November 2011 to December 2012. 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. He assumed his current assignment on August 14, 2015.
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.
Milley has had multiple operational deployments including:
Awards and decorations
- ^ Gal Perl Finkel, President-elect Trump – the ‘West Wing’ lesson, The Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2016.
- ^ https://www.army.mil/leaders/csa/?from=wiki
- ^ Berkowitz, Bram (August 27, 2015). “Winchester Native Mark A. Milley Becomes U.S. Army Chief of Staff”. Winchester Star. Winchester, MA.
- ^ Art, Robert (September 1, 2015). “From the Director: September, 2015”. MIT Seminar XXI. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (13 May 2015). “Gen. Mark Milley picked for Army chief of staff”. Army Times.
- ^ Block, Gordon (4 December 2012). “Fort Drum welcomes new 10th Mountain Division commander at ceremony”. Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- ^ U.S. Army Forces Command, Commanding General, http://www.army.mil/forscom, dated 15 August 2014, last accessed 15 August 2015
- ^ Michelle Tan, Staff writer (14 August 2015). “Milley takes over as new chief of staff; Odierno retires”. Army Times.
- ^ Army-Navy duel on ice