Donald Trump announced the nomination of Vincent Viola for Secretary of the Army Monday morning.
“I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army,” the President-elect wrote in a statement. “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.”
Trump added that the former Ranger “is a man of outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision, with an exceptional ability to motivate others.”
“The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Vinnie Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army.”
A West Point graduate, Viola served in the 101st Airborne division. He re-enlisted in the Army Reserves after finishing active duty, where he rose to the rank of Major.
After leaving the Army, Viola began a trading career at the New York Mercantile Exchange, culminating with a three-year tenure as chairman from 2001-2004.
Viola — who also owns the Florida Panthers — thanked Trump for his support Monday morning.
“It is an honor to be nominated to serve our country as President-elect Trump’s Secretary of the Army,” he said in a statement. “If confirmed, I will work tirelessly to provide our President with the land force he will need to accomplish any mission in support of his National Defense Strategy.”
“A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict,” Viola continued. “This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day.”