As the Army’s new chief of staff took responsibility for the service Friday morning, he was called “a leader, a warrior and a statesman.” Gen. Mark Milley will need those skills as the Army’s top officer for the next four years at a time when budgets and forces are shrinking and global threats are growing. Milley was sworn in as the Army’s 39th chief by Army Secretary John McHugh during a traditional ceremony at Fort Myer’s Summerall Field in Arlington, Va., as his predecessor Gen. Raymond Odierno retired.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.