William J. Haynes II was sworn in as the general counsel of the Department of Defense, May 24, 2001, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
David O. Cooke, director of Administration and Management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, administered the oath of office. Haynes was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Department of Defense general counsel on April 23, 2001, and confirmed by the Senate on May 17, 2001.
In remarks during the ceremony, Haynes said he was extremely proud to be nominated by Bush and chosen by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld to serve on his team.
"I am privileged to be working with and for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces on behalf of our country," said Haynes.
Previously, Haynes was a partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block. He also was general counsel of the Department of the Army from 1990-1993, associate general counsel, General Dynamics Corp. from 1996-1999 and general counsel, General Dynamics Marine Group, 1997-1999.