The Army Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19
The Army Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19

The Army Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19

Army Chief of Staff General James C. McConville tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, an Army official said Monday.

“[McConville] experiences very mild symptoms similar to seasonal allergies and is currently working remotely while adhering to all [Centers for Disease Control] protocols, ”said his spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Mary Ricks.

Ricks added that the army’s top general “is fully vaccinated and has received two COVID-19 boosters.”

As Army Chief of Staff, McConville represents the Army at the highest levels of government and oversees the training and organization of soldiers not deployed under the control of combat commanders.

He has held the role since 2019 and has steered the army’s focal point towards preparing for large-scale combat operations as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan subsided. McConville has also advocated for major technological modernization projects, which he sees as crucial to the service’s future success.

McConville is not the only member of the Joint Chiefs to have contracted the virus in recent months.

Both the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, and the Marine Corps Commander-in-Chief, General David Berger, captured it in January.

The two generals also experienced mild symptoms and were able to continue working as they recovered.

Davis Winkie is a staff reporter covering the Army. He originally joined the Military Times as a reporting intern in 2020. Prior to journalism, Davis worked as a military historian. He is also a staff officer in the Army National Guard.

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