Secretary of Defense William Cohen announced today that he received notification from Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton that he intends to leave office in December 1998.
"John Dalton has done a tremendous job as Secretary of the Navy, and he will be missed. He entered the office at a time of great challenge for the Navy Department, and will leave office this winter as head of the finest Navy-Marine Corps Team the world has ever known. He will leave behind a department with high morale, a strong sense of purpose and a clear vision of the future. I wish him well in his future endeavors," said Cohen.
Dalton said, "I feel greatly blessed to serve as Navy Secretary. The Department of the Navy has been transformed and I am proud to have participated in that. During my nearly five years in office, it has been a privilege and an honor to work with the sailors, Marines and civilians that make up the Navy-Marine Corps Team. We have many challenges ahead of us, and my final six months in office will be focused on recruiting efforts, ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty and development of the Navy Ethics Center. I want to thank President Clinton, and Secretaries of Defense Perry and Cohen for their support; it was also a privilege to serve under the leadership of the late Les Aspin. I have great confidence in our Navy-Marine Corps Team. We are ready for the 21st century."
Dalton intends to return to the private sector after he leaves office. He and his wife, Margaret, are the parents of two sons; John Dalton, Jr., a Lt. j.g. in the Navy, and Chris Dalton, a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps.