Deputy Secretary England Announces Departure
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2008 Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England said today that he will not be staying with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in President-elect Barack Obama's administration.
“I congratulate President-elect Obama for retaining Bob Gates as secretary, and I salute Bob Gates for his continued commitment,” England said.
“However, it’s time for me to leave. When I came into government in early 2001, I anticipated serving for two to four years. After almost eight years, it’s now time for me to turn over the reins to a successor. Also, it’s most appropriate for the new administration to name its own deputy.”
England said he will stay for some time past Jan. 20, if requested, to assure a smooth transition.
England added, “It’s been an astonishing time to serve the nation under President Bush and alongside Secretaries Don Rumsfeld and Bob Gates, each of whom I greatly admire. I thank the brave men and women of our military, and their families, for their service and sacrifice, and for the honor of serving them.”