The Department of Defense announced today that General Counsel of the Department of Defense William J. Haynes II is returning to private life next month.
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates said of Haynes, “I am sorry to see Jim leave the Pentagon. I have valued his legal advice and enjoyed working with him. Jim held this important post longer than anyone in history and he did so during one of America’s most trying periods. He has served the Department of Defense and the nation with distinction.”
Said Haynes, “I thank the President and the Secretary of Defense for their confidence and for the opportunity to serve. I leave the Pentagon humbled and inspired by the selfless sacrifices of the men and women, uniformed and civilian, who defend our country. And, I thank their families.”
Daniel J. Dell'Orto, principal deputy General Counsel of the Department of Defense since June 2000, will serve as acting General Counsel.