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Pentagon Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney resigns, says 'time is right' to return to private sector

Washington DC: The US Department of Defence's chief of staff, Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney on Saturday stepped down from his post.

 Pentagon Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney resigns, says time is right to return to private sector

File photo of US Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney. US Department of Defence

"After two years in the Pentagon, I've decided the time is right to return to the private sector. It has been an honour to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defence," he said in a statement issued on 5 January.

Rear Admiral Sweeney had been holding the post since January 2017. He, however, has not cited any reason for the decision. This comes just a few weeks after former secretary of defence James Mattis resigned from his post.

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Updated Date: Jan 06, 2019 12:52:31 IST