On Friday, the White House announced that President Donald Trump had officially nominated veteran, businessman, and Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green as Secretary of the Army. Green, 52, is a former Army officer, West Point graduate, doctor and author of the book: My Night with Saddam.
From The White House press release:
In 1986, Second Lieutenant Green graduated from West Point with a degree in economics and began his military career as an infantry officer. Green served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, battalion personnel officer, a supply officer, an airborne rifle company commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division, and commanded a recruiting company in U.S. Army Recruiting Command. As an Army physician, Mark served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment where he made three combat tours to the Middle East. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, and numerous other medals for service.
While serving an an Army medic, Green was part of the specials operations team that captured former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The experience following the capture inspired Green to write his book: A Night with Saddam.
In December 2015, Sen. Green wrote an op-ed for American Military News about the Syrian refugee crisis.
On Friday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis released a statement praising President Trump’s pick.
“Mark will provide strong civilian leadership, improve military readiness and support our service members, civilians, and their families,” Mattis said.
“And, he will have my full support during the Senate confirmation process,” he continued. “I am confident of Mark’s ability to effectively lead the Army.”
After the military, Green founded emergency room management firm AlignMD which was bought by American Physician Partners in 2016.
Earlier this year, the State Senator said that he had plans to run for Governor of Tennessee. Green will need to be confirmed by the Senate before taking the position.