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It is Official

Disclosure: Authored by Kurt

I understand that being in the military you have a different set of rules and you need to carry yourself to a higher standard. However sometimes you wish things were different. Yesterday made it official that General McChrystal retired from the Army.

The sunset ceremony, held at Fort McNair on the Anacostia River, marked McChrystal’s retirement from the military after 34 years.

“With my resignation, I . . . left unfulfilled commitments I made to many comrades in the fight, commitments I hold sacred,” McChrystal said. “My service did not end as I would have wished.”

Regardless of the fall out, it is important that General McChrystal was chosen for this assignment by name and has something to speak for being a General in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your service General McChrystal.

Gates, who presided over the ceremony, praised McChrystal as “one of America’s greatest warriors.”

“We say goodbye to Stan McChrystal with pride and sadness,” the defense secretary said. “No single American has inflicted more fear or more loss of life on our country’s most vicious and violent enemies.”

McChrystal will be remembered inside the military for the secret effort he led in Iraq to destroy the network of al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic extremists, which were driving the insurgency in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. “Stan has done more to carry the fight to al-Qaeda than anyone else in the Defense Department and probably the nation,” said Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff.

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