Trump picks Gen. Mark Milley as next top military adviser

Trump picks Gen. Mark Milley as next top military adviser
FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Army's fiscal 2018 budget. President Donald Trump will tap Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser, choosing a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years, U.S. officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s tapping Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser.

Milley is a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years. If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Trump tweeted the announcement Saturday, thanking “both of these incredible men for their service to our country!” He said the date of transition is being determined.

Dunford is a former commandant of the Marine Corps and commander of coalition troops in Afghanistan. His term as Joint Chiefs chairman ends Oct. 1.

Milley commanded troops during several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has served as the Army’s top officer since August 2015.