Trump to name former Fort Hood commander as Joint Chiefs chairman

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. (U.S. Army/file)

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. officials say President Donald Trump will nominate the Army chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, as his next top military adviser.

If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Milley is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and has served as the Army's top officer since August 2015.

The officials confirmed the decision Friday on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.

Dunford, a former commandant of the Marine Corps, is expected to serve out his term as Joint Chiefs chairman, which ends next Oct. 1.

Dunford originally was nominated for the Joint Chiefs position by former President Barack Obama, serving an initial two-year term.

Mr. Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term.

Milley assumed command of Fort Hood on Dec. 20, 2012, succeeding Lt. Gen. Don M. Campbell, Jr. who left to command U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army in Germany.

He turned command over to Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland in July 2014 after he was confirmed for promotion to general and a new assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.