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Release No: 1174-04
November 16, 2004

Secretary of The Air Force James G. Roche Resigns

Secretary James G. Roche today submitted his resignation as Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Secretary Roche had advised Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in early October of his intention to complete his service at the end of the first Bush administration.

Jim Roche has led the Air Force during an important period in history, said Secretary Rumsfeld. Combined with his distinguished career with the United States Navy, Secretary Roche has served our country capably and with honor. I thank him for his service and wish him all the best.

Secretary Roche plans to depart January 20, 2005, or sooner if his successor is confirmed by the Senate before then.