A fourth star was confirmed Wednesday for Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, according to the Senate Armed Services Committee website.
He was confirmed with unanimous consent as part of a large package, including dozens of other military promotion nominations.
The promotion of Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, commander of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, also was approved. It is speculated that he could be selected to lead the Phantom Corps, as it is believed Milley will move up to lead U.S. Army Forces Command, the Army’s largest command.
The Defense Department has not announced Milley’s next assignment.
Maj. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., former commander of 13th Sustainment Command, said during his farewell speech Wednesday that Milley and his wife, Hollyanne, provided a positive command climate and a true team spirit at Fort Hood.
“It is totally inclusive of our military and civilian members. We were all at the table and all in, in everything we did,” LeMasters said. “You both provided us a great example as a command and family team to emulate.”
Milley joined Fort Hood in December 2012 and earned his third star at the same time. He then led III Corps on a nearly yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, where he served as the second in command of all combat operations across the country.
He was thrust into the national spotlight during the April 2 shooting on post. A Washington Post article described the general officer as providing comfort to victims and their families while visiting them in the hospital — even taking down family’s cellphone numbers to follow up with the support they needed.
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