Release
Immediate Release

General Officer Announcements

April 9, 2019

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan announced today that the president made the following nominations:

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley for appointment to the rank of general, and assignment as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.  Milley is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. Army, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.

Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten for appointment to the rank of general, and assignment as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.  Hyten is currently serving as commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Eric M. Smith for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.  Smith is currently serving as the commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force; and commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Japan, Okinawa, Japan.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Eric T. Fick for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Arlington, Virginia.  Fick is currently serving as deputy director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Arlington, Virginia.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region; and commander, First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.  Sasseville is currently serving as deputy director, Air National Guard, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.