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Senate finalizes Joint Chiefs overhaul

Senate finalizes Joint Chiefs overhaul

The Senate confirmed the top new military leaders for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps on Wednesday, completing a summer overhaul of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lawmakers approved the appointment of Gen. Mark Milley to be the new Army Chief of Staff, Adm. John Richardson to be the new Chief of Naval Operations and Lt. Gen. Robert Neller to be the new Marine Corps Commandant. The moves came in the waning hours of the summer Senate session, without any commentary from chamber leaders.

All three men received strong support from the Senate Armed Services Committee last month and public praise throughout Congress.

They join new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. and Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, both confirmed last month by the Senate. All of the men are expected to formally assume their new roles in the next few weeks, as their predecessors retire or move on.

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