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Esper Takes Over as 27th Secretary of Defense

July 24, 2019

From the Air Force Magazine website

For the first time in seven months, the Pentagon has a leader actually confirmed in the position by the Senate.

The Senate on July 23 confirmed Mark Esper to be the 27th defense secretary by a vote of 90-8. Hours later he was sworn in at the White House by President Donald Trump.

Esper sailed through his confirmation process, which officially began when his name was formally submitted to the Senate eight days before the vote. The Senate Armed Services Committee waived regular procedural rules to hold his confirmation hearing the next day.

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Mark Esper is the first former Guardsman to hold the post. Esper served in the Army for 21 years, serving 10 years in the active component and 11 years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

A retired lieutenant colonel, he served with Virginia and the District of Columbia during his Guard career. A 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he is also a veteran of the Gulf War and a former senior executive at the Raytheon Company.

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