It is being reported that Department of Defense Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney has announced his resignation.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Sweeney said he will be leaving his post at the Pentagon to work in the private sector.
“After two years in the Pentagon, I’ve decided the time is right to return to the private sector,” Sweeney said in a statement, per the report. “It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense.”
Here’s more from the report:
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. In his role at the Pentagon, Sweeney advised and counseled Mattis.
During his time as an active-duty service member, Sweeney was the commanding officer of the USS Cole and was in charge of overseeing restoration of the destroyer after the October 2000 terrorist attack, among other notable tours of duty.
The day following the resignation, on Sunday, President Trump commended the military for their defeat of a terrorist leader who lead the attack on the USS Cole in 2000.
“Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi,” Trump tweeted. “Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!”
Here’s more on Sweeney, via the Department of Defense:
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Sweeney retired as a Rear Admiral from the U.S. Navy in 2014 following a two-year assignment as Commander, Carrier Strike Group TEN and a highly successful nine-month deployment as Commander of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group. His 32 years of operational experience also include Command of Destroyer Squadron 26 and Commanding Officer of USS Cole where he was responsible for the Cole’s restoration and return to fleet operations following the terrorist attack in Yemen. Additionally, Mr. Sweeney has significant experience as an advisor to senior civilian and military leaders having served as the Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy, the Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, and Commander, U.S. Central Command.