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Release No: NR-181-14
April 11, 2014

Statement by Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Retirement of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns

"Earlier today, I called my friend Bill Burns to thank and congratulate him on his upcoming retirement from the Department of State.

Over the course of his 32-year career, Bill has served with extraordinary skill, dedication, and honor. He understood - and mastered - the power and purpose of American diplomacy. He is one of the most distinguished public servants of his generation. And for those of us fortunate enough to call Bill a colleague or friend, his humility, humor, and grace make him one of the finest people we know.

Lilibet and I send Bill, Lisa, and their children our best wishes - and those of all of the men and women of the Department of Defense - as they look ahead to their next chapter together."  

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