WASHINGTON -- Gen. Mark Milley, the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army, promoted Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Martin to general and swore him in as the Army's 37th Vice Chief of Staff on Friday.

Martin, who was serving as the Director of the Army Staff, replaced Gen. James McConville, who will become the 40th Chief of Staff of the Army in the coming weeks.

"As I said before, I am humbled and grateful for this tremendous honor," Martin said. "I have had no greater privilege than leading and serving with the great men and women of our United States Army, and am truly blessed to be able to continue being by their side as Vice Chief of Staff."

Martin, from Dearborn, Michigan, is a former commander of the 1st Infantry Division and a class-of-1986 West Point alumnus.

Among his awards and honors are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, as well as the Combat Action and Parachutist badges.

Martin has a master's degree in education from the University of Louisville, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.