Pentagon officials confirmed that two Joint Chiefs of Staff members, including the chairman, tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday.
Gen. Mark A. Milley (chairman of the Joint Chiefs), who has been vaccinated, boosted, and is now isolating, according to Col. Dave Butler. “He is experiencing very minor symptoms and can perform all of his duties from the remote location,” Colonel Butler said.
Following his positive test on Sunday, Gen. David H. Berger is now following a similar protocol. “The performance of his duties will remain unaffected,” Maj. Eric D. Flanagan, a spokesman, said on Monday.
General Milley and President Biden made contact at the funeral for Raymond T. Odierno on Wednesday, Colonel Butler said. The Joint Chiefs chairman, however, was negative for the following days and into Sunday. All other chiefs tested negative Sunday.
The eight-member Joint Chiefs of Staff consists of the chairman, vice chairman, Army chief of Staff, the Navy chief of Staff, the Air Force chief of Staff, the Naval Operations chief, and the Marine Corps commandant.
This month, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III was also positive for the virus. He had mild symptoms and was able to attend key meetings from his home. Austin attributes his less severe symptoms to being vaccinated, and then boosted.
“I am grateful,” he said at the time, adding that vaccines are a requirement for the military. “The vaccines work.”
Source: NY Times