U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley announced his resignation Monday, the third official to lose his job after media reports of substandard care for injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
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The resignation of the Army's top doctor, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, follows the recent ouster of two other high-ranking Army officials, the head of Walter Reed, Maj. Gen. George Weightman, and Army Secretary Francis Harvey.
After facing calls for his resignation on Capitol Hill last week, in a statement released today, Kiley said, "We are an Army medical department at war, supporting an Army at war. It shouldn't be, and it isn't, about one doctor."
For more about this story, we're joined by Josh White of the Washington Post.
And, Josh, as far as your sources have told you, did the surgeon general of the Army come to this decision on his own or was he pushed to retire?
JOSH WHITE, Washington Post:
Well, Ray, I think it was a combination of things. I think, in part, it was a decision on his part to step out of the fray. I think, also, it was the intense pressure, both within the Army and from Capitol Hill, that was pushing in that direction.
I was hearing today that the acting secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, who came in after the Army secretary was ousted a week ago, this was his first big move. And I've heard that he called Gen. Kiley into his office, discussed options, and this is what they agreed on, that Lt. Gen. Kiley would retire and that they would replace him on a temporary basis before convening an advisory board to find a permanent replacement.