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At his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation
hearing, July 21, Milley told lawmakers, "Our
fundamental task is to win, to win in the unforgiving
crucible" of combat.

Milley currently is commander of U.S. Forces
Command, headquartered at Fort Bragg, North

Besides combat, there are many other tasks the Army
does every day and does very well, he said. It provides
humanitarian assistance, shapes outcomes, builds
partner capacity and deters the nation's adversaries.

"But our very reason for being, the very core of what it
means to have an Army, it's to win and to win decisively
in ground combat against the enemies of our country
so that the American citizens can enjoy life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness," he continued.

"I have huge confidence in our Army today," he said,
calling it "the most skilled and combat experienced
Army in the nation's history."


Murphy was the first Iraq War veteran elected to the
U.S. Congress, according to an Aug. 5, White House
press release. Murphy represented the 8th District of
Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives from
2007 to 2011.

As a lawmaker, he served on the House Armed
Services Committee, the House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence and the House
Appropriations Committee.

Murphy received his law degree in 1999 from Widener
University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,
after earning a bachelor of arts degree from
Pennsylvania's King's College in 1996.

While in college, he attended ROTC at nearby
Scranton University and was commissioned a second
lieutenant in the Army Reserve upon graduation. He
went on active duty in 2000 as a staff judge advocate
and then became a faculty member at West Point.

From 2003 to 2004, he was deployed to Iraq, where he
earned a Bronze Star Medal with the 82nd Airborne
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New CSA General Mark A. Milley
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WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 6, 2015) --
The Senate confirmed Gen. Mark A. Milley, Aug. 5, to
become the 39th chief of staff of the Army.

He will succeed Gen. Ray Odierno in a change of
responsibility ceremony scheduled for Aug. 14, at 10
a.m., on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson
Hall, Virginia.

Also on Aug. 5, President Barack Obama nominated
Patrick J. Murphy to be the next under secretary of the
Army, a post currently held by Acting Under Secretary
Eric Fanning. The office was assumed by Fanning, July
6, after Brad Carson became the acting under secretary
of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

No date has yet been set for Murphy's confirmation
hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee
and the Senate is currently scheduled to be on recess
until Sept. 7.
Army General Mark Milley