Who is Mark Esper, Trump’s new acting secretary of defense?

nearvideo trump to name army Secretary Mark Esper, acting secretary of defense to Patrick Shanahan retires from the role

President Trump’s tweets, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan does not go forward with his confirmation, and will be replaced by the Secretary of the army Mark Esper; Jennifer Griffin has the details.

Army Secretary Mark Esper, the new acting Minister of defense of President Trump was named on Tuesday, according to Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination.

Esper, 56, has acted as the 23 Secretary of the army of the United States since Nov. 17, 2017. His responsibilities included the recruitment, organization, training, equipment, and supply of 1.4 million active duty, National Guard, Reserve soldiers, Department of the army civilians, and their families, according to his Pentagon biography.


Before the army Secretary, he held senior positions with Raytheon Company, a defense contractor. He most recently served as vice president for government relations.

He has a history of military service

Esper of the United States Military Academy in 1986, graduated in the same year, as Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo. He received his Commission in the infantry and completed Ranger and Pathfinder training.

Esper served in active service for over a decade. In the early 90s, he served with the 101st Airborne Division in the Gulf war. He later commanded a droplet-gun companies in Europe.

Esper was as army Secretary, as President, Trump announced him as the acting secretary of defense. (AP)

After his service in the active service, he served in both the Virginia and the District of Columbia National Guard and Army Reserve. He retired in 2007.

He has a variety of positions in Washington

His experience extends to Capitol Hill, where he already has several contributions. Previously, he was the Senate majority leader Bill frist as the national security advisor, and Senator Chuck Hagel as his legislative director and senior policy advisor.

He was also responsible for national security as a professional staff on the Senate Foreign Relations and Government Affairs committees.

In the Pentagon, he served in the army, the staff as a war planner, before the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (negotiations policy) in the office of the Secretary of Defense.


He has earned awards

His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and Kuwait Liberation Medal — Saudi Arabia, and the combat infantryman badge. He also received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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