General Mark A. Milley is a retired United States Army General.
He last served as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2023.
Top US general Mark Milley retired on Friday, September 29 20023, following a four-year term.
President Joe Biden praised Milley as a wise advisor and a fighter who served in conflict zones ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq to Panama and Haiti.
Milley’s term included the assassination of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in 2019 and military aid to Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s invasion in February 2022.
President Biden called Milley “unflinching in the face of danger,” and said he “once ran across a bridge booby-trapped with mines to stop two battle tanks evacuating wounded troops from driving across it.”
Mark, your partnership has been invaluable to me,” Biden said. Milley handed over command to Air Force chief General Charles Q. Brown in an event featuring marching bands and a red-coated fife-and-drum corps.
General Charles Q. Brown is only the second Black officer to become chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, after Colin Powell two decades ago.