26 Feb '13, 10pm

SecDef Leon Panetta's official farewell to Defense Department on eve of newly confirmed Chuck Hagel's swearing-in:

Farewell Message to the Department of Defense from Secretary Leon E. Panetta To All Department of Defense Personnel: “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 and one family at the Department of Defense. “First and foremost, I’m proud that because of all of your hard work, your sacrifice, and your dedication, we’ve kept this country safe. I’m proud of the courage and commitment you...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15834

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