Two top military officials, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, left, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger, reported positive tests for COVID-19 Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Both men will retain their duties, officials told Coffee or Die Magazine.
Two of the nation’s top military leaders, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger, reported a positive test for COVID-19 Sunday, Jan. 16.
Milley, who is the highest-ranking member of the military and the top military adviser to the president, will work remotely this week, a news release from the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
“[Milley] is experiencing very minor symptoms and can perform all of his duties from the remote location,” the release said. “He has received the COVID-19 vaccines including the booster.”
Milley’s most recent contact with President Joe Biden was last Wednesday, and Milley tested negative in the days leading up to and following that meeting.
The Marine Corps confirmed to Coffee or Die Magazine that Berger, the top Marine Corps official, also tested positive. Marine Corps spokesperson Maj. Jay Hernandez said the general’s duties will be unaffected.
According to Berger’s official Twitter page, he received the COVID-19 vaccine — which is required by the Department of Defense — in December 2020.
I received my #COVID19 vaccination today. It was great to see many frontline medical workers getting their shot as well. As the vaccine becomes available, I encourage all Marines and their families to get the shot to slow the spread of the virus. pic.twitter.com/nno2FxXDth
— David H. Berger (@CMC_MarineCorps) December 22, 2020
The announcement marks the second time this year that senior Pentagon officials have tested positive for COVID-19. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he tested positive Jan. 2 after exhibiting symptoms and was back at work on Jan. 10.
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Dustin Jones is a former senior staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine covering military and intelligence news. Jones served four years in the Marine Corps with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He studied journalism at the University of Colorado and Columbia University. He has worked as a reporter in Southwest Montana and at NPR. A New Hampshire native, Dustin currently resides in Southern California.
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