This was originally published on the House Armed Services Committee's website.

WASHINGTON-  Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the President’s intent to nominate General Mark Milley to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serves as the senior military advisor not just to the President and Secretary of Defense, but to Congress as well.  Many of my colleagues and I have appreciated General Milley’s direct, insightful military assessments based upon his intellect and years of experience.  If confirmed in this new role by the Senate, I look forward to working with him. 

“I am also immensely grateful for the service and for the close working relationship General Dunford has had with the Congress. He has served our nation faithfully and well.”

The FY17 National Defense Authorization Act  changed the term of service for the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Effective January 1, 2019, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen will serve a single four-year term instead of two consecutive two year terms.