Founder and executive chairman of Virtu Financial Vincent Viola has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the Secretary of the Army. Viola is an accomplished businessman who formerly served as an Army infantry officer and currently owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers.
Viola served in the 101st Airborne Division and founded the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also chaired the New York Mercantile Stock Exchange and earned his law degree from New York Law School in 1983.
Trump released a formal statement in regards to choosing Viola to fulfill the position:
“I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army. 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.
He 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.”
Reactively, the West Point graduate also released a statement exclaiming how he was honored to be chosen by Trump to serve in his upcoming administration:
“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. This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day.”
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