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Trump Names Viola To Be Secretary Of Army

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has picked Vincent Viola to be secretary of the army.

Viola founded several businesses, including Virtu Financial, an electronic trading firm. He also owns a hockey team in the National Hockey League and is a former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

In a statement on December 19, Trump said Viola was "living proof of the American dream."

Viola grew up in a family of Italian immigrants in Brooklyn. His father worked as a truck driver.

Viola is a 1977 West Point graduate. He trained as an airborne ranger infantry officer and served in the 101st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of New York Law School.

In 2003, he founded and helped fund the creation of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters