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Acting SecDef Chris Miller’s First Message to the Military: It’s Time to Leave Afghanistan

After less than a week on the job, the Pentagon’s new acting leader has issued his first public guidance to all Defense Department staff, including a pointed message: It’s time to come home from Afghanistan.

Miller, a former “Horse Soldier” and special operations officer who was part of the first contingent of soldiers who entered Afghanistan in 2001, was pulled from his job as director of the National Counterterrorism Center to serve as acting defense secretary Nov. 9 after President Donald Trump fired SecDef Mark Esper.

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