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Milley becomes Army's top officer as Odierno retires

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Gen. Mark Milley shakes hands with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen John MaCain.

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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