U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, today commented on President Obama's intended changes to the most senior national security personnel.
"Secretary Robert Gates is one of the most distinguished public servants of our time. His service as Secretary of Defense, under both Republican and Democratic Presidents, has been exemplary. We worked together on issues ranging from the troop readiness to family readiness, and while he will be sorely missed at the Pentagon, I wish him the best in his much-deserved retirement.
"In Leon Panetta, President Obama has selected a nominee with an impressive background in public service and budget management to head the Department of Defense. I look forward to sitting down with him to discuss his vision for the Department of Defense.
"General David Petraeus, who has served our country with distinction throughout his career, is currently working to disrupt, dismantle and defeat terrorism in Afghanistan, and I welcome his nomination to lead the CIA.
"Lieutenant General John Allen, who served as the Deputy Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force and Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade -- both out of North Carolina's Camp Lejeune - has an impressive background as a military leader. I look forward to meeting with him and discussing his plans for leading our brave men and women fighting in Afghanistan."