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 September 30, 2023

General Mark Milley retires from military service

Gen. Mark Milley retired from the U.S. military Friday following four decades in the Army.

Milley's departure marks an end for the Biden administration's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff amid various controversies over the Pentagon's changing policies.

Praised by military leaders

"General Milley was a true strategic thinker. Most people think about the next objective," retired Gen. Frank McKenzie, former head of U.S. Central Command, told the Washington Examiner.

"He always saw deeply into what followed the attainment of our immediate goals and what our follow-on options could and should be. He was one of the most effective chairmen in the history of that important office," he added.

Controversial times

"Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Donald Trump’s refusal to accept his presidential election loss and nationwide protests against police brutality are just some of the events that defined his four years as the top US officer," Breitbart News reported.

"Milley is credited by his supporters with helping protect the country from Trump, but has been the target of intense criticism from the former president and his adherents," it continued.

Milley's replacement

"The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Gen. CQ Brown as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, putting him in place to succeed Gen. Mark Milley when he retires at the end of the month," the Associated Press reported.

"Brown’s confirmation on a 83-11 vote, months after President Joe Biden nominated him for the post, comes as Democrats try to maneuver around holds placed on hundreds of nominations by Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville over the Pentagon’s abortion policy," it stated.

The change in leadership comes during a time when the military has been the source of attention over various issues, including recruitment problems over its COVID-19 vaccine policy.

Other problems have included abortion policy changes in the military and "woke" changes involving LGBT issues and diversity efforts.

Milley's service is to be honored but the military struggles under his leadership remain a challenge for Americans during the Biden administration.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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