WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama nominated two four-stars to run the Army and Navy on Wednesday.
Gen. Mark Milley, commander of Army Forces Command, was nominated to become the next Army chief of staff, and Adm. John Richardson, current head of Naval Reactors, was nominated to become the next chief of naval operations, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Wednesday.
If confirmed, the two will replace Gen. Ray Odierno and Adm. Jon Greenert, respectively.
The announcement comes a week after the new chairman and vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff were named, establishing the team that will carry the Defense Department past Obama’s final term in office.
The nominees for Joint Chiefs Chairman, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, and vice chair, Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, Milley and Richardson would lead the Pentagon through a time that Carter described as “marked by an ever-changing security environment and consistent budget turbulence.”
Odierno, Greenert and the service secretaries appeared at the announcement. Carter lauded the service of the departing service chiefs.
“Both Ray and Jon have been tremendous leaders of their respective services over the last four years,” Carter said in his announcement in the Pentagon.