Last week, General Mark Milley officially stepped down from his role as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the highest-ranking military officer in the United States.

His departure, which occurred on Friday, comes after a tenure marked by numerous unprecedented crises on the domestic and international front.

General Milley’s successor, General CQ Brown, will assume the pivotal role, making history as only the second Black officer to serve in this capacity, following in the footsteps of the esteemed General Colin Powell. This transition takes place as the Pentagon is led by Lloyd Austin, the nation’s first Black secretary of defense.

A Relentless Barrage of Challenges: General Milley’s Turbulent Tenure

From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the contentious US withdrawal from Afghanistan, General Milley faced a relentless barrage of challenges.