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Immediate Release

Statement by James N. Mattis, Secretary of Defense

Feb. 20, 2018

Statement from Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis:

For over a decade, Sally Donnelly has been my trusted and valued adviser. She has played a critical role for the Department of Defense throughout this important first year. She was particularly effective in shaping two of the department’s major lines of effort: building international partnerships and bringing essential business reform to the Pentagon.

I always knew she would return to the private sector and I am grateful for her service. I have no doubt that she will stay engaged on the key national security issues the country faces.

She departs with my thanks and confidence as she opens the next chapter of her professional career.