If there is one military officer the average American can name, it is Gen. Mark Milley, the Boston-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is retiring at the end of this week after four tumultuous years as the nation’s top soldier.
Milley will be remembered as one of the most consequential and controversial chairs in modern history, whose tenure spanned both the Trump and Biden administrations. His proponents commend the outspoken Army general for navigating Trump’s attempts to undermine democracy and his role in supporting Ukraine. Critics say he too often stepped outside his advisory role and dragged the military into the political fray.
But both sides agree he is nothing if not quotable. A history buff known for lengthy soliloquies, he had a tendency to turn 30-minute scheduled meetings with reporters into hours-long interviews, and congressional hearings into viral moments. Here are some of his best quotes: