26 Feb '13, 11pm

#SecDef Panetta: Its been the privilege of my life to serve & lead the men & women of this Department. @DeptofDefense

Panetta Bids Farewell to Defense Department Team American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2013 – Following today’s Senate confirmation of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as his successor, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a farewell message to the men and women of the Defense Department. Here is the secretary’s message: Tomorrow morning, Chuck Hagel will be sworn in to succeed me as Secretary of Defense. It's been the privilege of my life to serve with and lead the men and women of this Department, and I am grateful that President Obama selected such an outstanding leader to take my place. As my final act in this position, I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who are fighting and working every day to keep this country safe. I also want to share with you my pride in what we've been able to accomplish together as one team ...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119382

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