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Pentagon chief of staff announces resignation

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/6/2019 Diana Stancy Correll
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Department of Defense chief of staff Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney announced Saturday that he is resigning from his post at the Pentagon.

"After two years in the Pentagon, I've decided the time is right to return to the private sector,” Sweeney said in a statement. “It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense.”

Just last month, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis resigned on principle after President Trump announced his intent to withdraw troops from Syria. Since then, other administration officials including Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, and Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White have also departed their posts within the administration.

Mattis, who worked with Sweeney when he led the U.S. Central Command, tapped Sweeney to be his chief of staff in Jan. 2017. Sweeney attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1982.

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is now serving as acting secretary of defense. Trump said late last month that Shanahan may remain in the position for the “for a long time.”

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