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General Mark Milley '80 Named Army Chief of Staff

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/20/2015
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

General Mark Milley '80 has been named by the the Secretary of Defense Ash Carter as the next Army Chief of Staff.

Milley will replace Gen. Raymond Odierno as the 39th chief of staff of the Army.

President Obama accepted the nomination, referring to Milley as a "warrior and a statesmen."

Milley was a two-year lettwinner for the Princeton hockey team in 1977-78 and 1978-79 under Coach Jim Higgins. His leadership began when he was named captain of the JV squad in 1978.

Milley graduated with a degree in political science in 1980. He earned two masters degrees in international relations and in national security and strategic studies.

He has been the Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command since August 2014.

In the last 35 years, Major General Milley has held multiple command and staff positions in seven Infantry Divisions and Special Forces. He was also the command of the III Corps, ISAF Joint Command, 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Brigade Combat. Additionally, he has served on the Operations Staff of the Joint Staff and as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.


Major General Milley's operational deployments:

  • Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), Sinai, Egypt
  • Operation JUST CAUSE, Panama
  • Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, Haiti
  • Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq
  • Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan

Major General Milley's awards and decorations:

  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Army Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Service Defense Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Army Overseas Service Ribbon
  • NATO Service Medal
  • Multinational Force and Observers Medal

He is authorized to wear:

  • Combat Infantryman Badge (with star)
  • Expert Infantryman Badge
  • Master Parachutist Badge
  • Scuba Diver Badge
  • Ranger Tab
  • Special Forces Tab






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