Princeton Hockey Alumnus Mark Milley Nominated for Army’s Chief of Staff

Princeton hockey alumni General Mark Milley was nominated for the Army’s chief of staff on May 13.

“He not only has plenty of operational and joint experience in Afghanistan, in Iraq and on the Joint Staff, but he also has the intellect and vision to lead change throughout the Army,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told the Army Times.

Per the Army Times, Milley will be the first Army chief of staff with an undergraduate Ivy League degree.

Milley will replace Ray Odierno, who’s retiring, if the senate approves the selection.

In 1980, Milley graduated from Princeton with a degree in political science. The Massachusetts native recorded five points, all assists, over his time with the Tigers.

He has served as a millitary assistant to the defense secretary, in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 5th Infantry Division, the 7th Infantry Division, the 10th Mountain Division, the 25th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division.

Milley also served as a commander of FORSCOM. Per its website, FORSCOM is the largest Army command and “Prepares conventional forces to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready land power to Combatant Commanders in defense of the Nation at home and abroad.”

During his time with the Army, Milley has earned the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Army Distinguished Service Medal. Milley has the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Scuba Diver Badge, the Ranger tab, and the Special Forces tab, the Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters and the Combat Infantryman Badge with star.

Both of Milley’s parents served in World War II. His mother was a member of the Navy and his father a member of the Marines, influencing Milley into a millitary career.

“So I wanted to serve my country, but I didn’t think I’d make a career of it,” Milley told Princeton Alumni Weekly in 2014. “But then I really liked it. I got this sense of commitment and of being involved in something that had a sense of purpose. Then 9/11 comes, and at that point, I’ve got 20–21 years in. When that happened, I said I can’t retire: I had to stay until this thing is done.”

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