The Division of Protection’s chief of employees Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney has resigned.
Sweeney mentioned in a quick assertion that he deliberate to return to the personal sector, giving no cause for his departure. His exit comes simply days after Secretary of Protection James Mattis, for whom Sweeney beforehand served, left the company after saying his resignation earlier within the month.
“After two years within the Pentagon, I’ve determined the time is true to return to the personal sector. It has been an honor to serve once more alongside the women and men of the Division of Protection,” Sweeney mentioned in his announcement.
His resignation additionally adopted that of one other prime Mattis ally, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, who introduced her resignation on the finish of December. “I recognize the chance afforded to me by this administration to serve alongside Secretary Mattis, our Service members and all of the civilians who help them. It has been my honor and privilege,” White wrote on Twitter final month. “Keep secure and God bless.”
Mattis’s resignation was regarded as tied to the shock announcement from President Trump concerning the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, the place coalition forces proceed to battle components of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the bottom. Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria was additionally credited on the time with pushing the resignation of Brett McGurk, the president’s prime envoy to anti-ISIS coalition forces within the area. Mattis’s former deputy, Patrick Shanahan, started serving as performing Protection secretary firstly of January.