President Donald Trump has tapped Mark Green for the position of secretary of the Army.
The White House announced Friday that Trump has picked Green, a former Army officer from West Point, for the position, USA Today reports.
Green is a favorite among many Tea Party Republicans and currently serves as a state senator in Tennessee. He’s also filed paperwork for the gubernatorial race in 2018 in that state, but should he be confirmed to secretary of the Army by the Senate, he’ll have to abandon those plans.
As a former Army lieutenant colonel, Green has seen a lot of action, having served as a special operations flight surgeon. He was the first to interrogate Saddam Hussein after his capture in 2003.
“His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Air Medal with ‘V’ device for valor under heavy enemy fire, and numerous other medals for service,” the White House said in a statement.
Green has deployed overseas three times in total.
The American Military Partner Association, however, did not take kindly to the news of Green’s nomination.
Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of AMPA, a group promoting LGBT interests in the military, said in a statement that “Green has made a shameful political career out of targeting LGBT people for discrimination. Based on his vicious, anti-LGBT record, Mark Green cannot be trusted to ensure all those who serve have the support they need and deserve.”
Green calls himself a “conservative Christian, veteran, father, husband and businessman.”
Trump’s previous nominee for the position, Vincent Viola, withdrew in February.
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