Admiral William J. Fallon

Resignation, Retirement Statement

Issued 11 March 2007, CENTCOM HQ, Tampa, FL


Recent press reports suggesting a disconnect between my views and the President's policy objectives have become a distraction at a critical time and hamper efforts in the CENTCOM region. And although I don't believe there have ever been any differences about the objectives of our policy in the Central Command area of responsibility, the simple perception that there is makes it difficult for me to effectively serve America's interests there.

I have therefore concluded that it would be best to step aside and allow the Secretary and our military leaders to move beyond this distraction…and focus on the achievement of our strategic objectives in the region. I have submitted my request to retire to the Secretary of Defense.

I am grateful for having had this opportunity to serve with the outstanding service personnel and civilians of Central Command. It has been my high honor to have served my Nation and the Navy for four decades, and I thank all of you who continue to serve.

Thank you.

Also in this database: Robert M. Gates Press Conference Announcing Admiral Fallon's Retirement

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