England relinquishes Navy post
Among the party games being played at the Pentagon this festive season is musical chairs. The Department of Defense announced today that Secretary of the Navy and
Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has relinquished his
Navy secretary post , but will continue to serve as Acting Deputy
Secretary of Defense.
England has served as Acting
Deputy Secretary since May 2005, after being nominated to
the deputy secretary post by President Bush.
senators have been blocking England's confirmation as Deputy
Secretary and that has created a log jam in the DoD hierarchy. It is
expected that Bush will break the log jam by soon making England Deputy
Secretary in a recess appointment.
served a total of 48 months as the leader of the Navy Department over
two terms separated by his service as the first Deputy Secretary of the
Department of Homeland Security. For the past eight months he has
served in both the Navy post and as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Secretary of the Navy Dionel M. Aviles will serve briefly as acting
secretary of the Navy, effective today. Donald Winter, who
was confirmed by the Senate last month, will be sworn in as the 74th
Secretary of the Navy on Jan. 3, 2006.