If you have paid attention to recent political news, you should be familiar with his name.
President elect Donald Trump has nominated Vincent Viola to be the Secretary of the Army.
It is a position that has a lot of responsibility and will directly effect all Army personnel when he takes the position.
We need a person who cares about the defense of our country and the treatment of Army personnel.
But are you familiar with Vincent Viola?
Do you know what the Secretary of the Army does?
Let me educate you first on the position of Secretary of the Army.
“This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day. 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.” Vincent Viola
What the Secretary of the Army does
When you consider everything, the United States Army is comparable to a large corporation.
The Secretary of the Army is essentially the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of that large business, the Army.
The Secretary of the Army was a position created in 1947 and replaced the Secretary of War.
The Secretary of the Army is responsible for all U.S. Army matters that pertain to:
- financial management
- acquiring equipment
- environmental issues
- and more
The Secretary of the Army serves directly under the Secretary of Defense and reports directly to that person.
The Secretary of the Army is the head of a 4 person primary leadership team in the Department of the Army; 2 civilians and 2 officers of 4 star rank. There hierarchy levels are:
- Secretary of the Army – civilian
- Chief of Staff of the Army – officer
- Under Secretary of the Army – civilian
- Vice Chief of Staff of the Army – officer
Here is a diagram that is courtesy of Wikipedia Commons explaining the structure of the Department of the Army.
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Is Vincent Viola a good choice for Secretary of the Army?
Only time will tell, but when we look at the full picture, Donald Trump made an excellent choice in picking Viola as the Secretary of the Army.
Some people have declared that Trump has been loading the government positions with millionaires and billionaires, and Vincent Viola also falls into this demographic.
And, what is truly wrong with putting successful people in the financial world in there?
Truth be told, the United States needs to have better financial management.
The country is deep in debt, and who better to take us out than people who have shown strong financial management.
You may ask, “Does Vincent Viola understand the military?”
The answer is a resounding yes.
Vincent’s father immigrated from Italy to the United States.
As an Italian immigrant, Viola’s Father enlisted in the United States Army and fought in Europe during World War II.
Serving in the Army made a strong impression on his son, Vincent who entered the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1977.
Commissioned a second lieutenant, Vincent attended and graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course and then proceeded to graduate Ranger School.
Vincent served in the 101st Airborne Division until 1982 when he transferred to the Army Reserves.
He stayed with the Reserves until 1993 and attained the rank of Major.
So yes, Vincent Viola understands the United States Army.
At least he served; we cannot say that for:
Eric Fanning who is the current Secretary of the Army
John McHugh who was the Secretary of the Army from 2009-2015
Pete Geren who held the position from 2007-2009
Francis Harvey who was the Secretary of the Army from 2004-2007
So the last Secretary of the Army that actually served in the military was Thomas White Jr. who was in the position from 2001-2003.
He was a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army.
More information about Vincent Viola
Vincent Viola is a highly successful businessman and entrepreneur.
He has proven that he is quite capable of handling money in a wise fashion.
It is my personal opinion that President elect Donald Trump cares so much about the economic state of the United States, that he is integrating financial and business successes into the government.
Vincent earned a law degree from the New York Law School.
He started out as a trader in oil futures on Wall Street.
He used savings from his Army career to gain a seat on Nymex, and from there he became the Vice Chairman from 1993 to 1996.
In 2001, he was elected Chairman of the Nymex and immediately after the attack on the World Trade Center, Viola had the Nymex running in one week.
He did that by using power generators and he arranged ferry transportation for traders.
Also, immediately after the attacks, Vincent donated $2,000,000 to start the Combating Terrorism Center at the school he graduated from… The United States Military Academy at West Point.
But what Vincent Viola is well known for is when he founded Virtu Financial in 2008.
Virtu Financial made Vincent a billionaire.
The company was designed to use computer systems to make high volume financial trades at super speeds.
What is amazing is the fact that in looking at the Virtu Financial logs, the company made money every day between 2009 and 2014 except one day when a slight dividend error was committed.
Vincent Viola has also invested in sport’s teams.
He was a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets NBA basketball team.
Now Vincent owns the Florida Panthers NHL hockey team.
I would be nervous playing Vincent Viola in a game of Monopoly.
He has some magnificent real estate.
Vincent owns a townhouse near Central Park in New York that he once listed for sale for $114,000,000.
He also bought a building from the Jehovah’s Witnesses for $105,000,000, he bought a 12 story building that was owned by the Brooklyn Law School.
Vincent is a giver too
Just as he donated to West Point, Vincent has given to many other charitable causes.
He donated $2,000,000 to Fordham University, helped start the National Children’s Educational Reform Foundation, and has donated to many other causes.
He was titled “Man of the Year” in 1997 from the Eden School for Autistic Children.
He was given the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and has received many other honors.
My opinion about Vincent
I truly believe Vincent Viola was the perfect choice for the Secretary of the Army, and I am not the only one; the Senate Minority Leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer gave a huge thumbs up to Trump’s nomination of Vincent.
So the odds are great that Vincent Viola will be confirmed.
“It’s very hard to come here and not leave not having a selfless sense of what duty means, what honor is, and the importance of your country.” (about his time at West Point) Vincent Viola
Is Donald Trump loading the government with millionaires and billionaires?
There are those who are concerned that President elect Trump is loading government positions with the elite.
That they will use it for their own good and not the good of the country.
I believe we should look at it in the other perspective: these are successful people who can probably help turn this country into a financially stable country.
If they benefit… GREAT, as long as we all benefit.
Just consider that instead of having a bunch of lifetime politicians who know only spending the people’s money, these people know how to make money.
Ben Carson – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Scott Pruitt – E.P.A. Administrator
Stephen Bannon – Chief Strategist
Tom Price – Health and Human Services Secretary
Betsy DeVos – Education Secretary
Rex Tillerson – Secretary of State
Linda McMahon – Small Business Administrator
Wilbur Ross Jr. – Commerce Secretary
Steven Mnuchin – Treasury Secretary
Andrew Puzder – Labor Secretary
These are just a few and we wonder just how many will be confirmed, but I believe Donald Trump is choosing the best of the best to help turn our wonderful country into a better system that needs to climb out of deep debt.
“The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence in Mr. Viola’s ability to do the job.” President elect Donald Trump
So what do you think about the choice of Vincent Viola as Secretary of the Army?
What about his other choices?
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