The 39th Chief of Staff of the US Army announced his retirement after a chaotic term with crises at home and abroad.

Iran PressAmerica: The Pentagon put on an elaborate farewell ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, attended by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and US President Joe Biden.

He was to be replaced as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by Air Force General Charles "CQ" Brown the second African American to hold the top military job.

A barrel-chested army veteran of countless foreign deployments and high-level command posts, Milley served in uniform for four decades.

Former US President Trump last week accused Milley of committing a "treasonous act" by communicating with China surrounding the Jan. 6 riot. Trump added that the punishment should be death.

Trump's post came after the Atlantic published a profile detailing how the nation's top general navigated the Trump presidency.

Milley, who was appointed by Trump in 2018, testified to Congress in the fall of 2021 that he made now-controversial phone calls to his Chinese counterpart in the days after the riot assuring him that the U.S. wouldn't attack China.

Charles Brown, a US Air Force commander and the second African-American to reach the top of the US military, will replace Milley as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 219