Not to detract in any way from the outstanding job Gen. Mark Milley ’80 is doing, but my sources say there have been 11 non-West Point chiefs of staff of the Army since the position was established in 1903 (Inbox, March 7). Those of us who served, in my case from 1951 to 1980, are especially proud to see a Princetonian as “chief.”

Editor’s note: Also writing on this point were Albert J. Beveridge III ’57; Stanley Kalemaris ’64; and Lewis Coonley Jr. ’68, whose uncle, George H. Decker, was the first non-West Point chief of staff of the Army.

Broadus Bailey Jr. ’51
Falls Church, Va.