Gordon England resigned as Secretary of the Navy yesterday, in order to free him to spend more time as Acting Deputy SecDef. He's been "Acting" DepSecDef for eight months now, because of a hold a couple of Senators put on his nomination -- there should be a recess appointment soon.
Secretary England's farewell message is here. Excerpt:
"For 230 years our Naval Services have built a proud history. During the past five years, I have personally witnessed your service, sacrifice and courage. You have added to this legacy of excellence and victory in the defense of freedom and liberty.
"Since the attacks of 9-11 you have been part of a joint military force that has liberated 50 million people from the brutal, totalitarian rule of the Taliban and Saddam. The compassion you have shown to millions following tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes has showcased the highest ideals and generosity of America. Like all of your fellow Americans, I am proud of your service and also privileged to have served with you."
The incoming SecNav, Donald Winter, who was confirmed by the Senate last month, will be sworn in on Jan. 3rd. So, for five days, we get an Acting SecNav.