Release
Immediate Release

Statement from Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper on the Resignation of Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Katie Wheelbarger

June 18, 2020

Yesterday, I received Katie Wheelbarger’s letter of resignation from the Department of Defense. In her role as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Katie brought a wealth of experience and the utmost professionalism to the Department throughout her service. Her leadership in support of the National Defense Strategy is evident in the proud accomplishments of her team. She is someone I got to know well over the last three years and, with sincere appreciation for her many contributions and years of service, I wish Katie the very best in what I’m sure will be a very bright future.