Retired Army major and West Point graduate, Vincent Viola is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Army. Confirmation per the Senate is that the 61-year-old will be the senior civilian leader for the Army.
Viola is the owner of the hockey team the Florida Panthers. He has helped with the foundation of the Combating Terrorism Center, which was established after September 11th, and is estimated to be worth $1.8 billion according to Forbes. Not only is he one of the four hundred richest Americans, but Trump’s transition office stated that Viola is working “tirelessly to promote the Army philanthropically in the areas of counter-terrorism, cyber security and leadership development.”
Viola will be succeeding Eric Fanning, who has been contributing to the leadership of America’s largest military service. Viola will report to James Mattis, retired four-star general, who was selected by Trump as the secretary of defense. In a statement, Viola said that it is an “honor” to be chosen as secretary of the Army. He also said that his main focus would be making sure soldiers have the “means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”
Mr. Viola is part of the list of billionaires who will be joining the Trump administration