Pentagon chief of staff ousted, following Mattis’ resignation

WASHINGTON — The chief of staff for the Pentagon has been forced out of his post by the Defense Department’s new acting head, multiple U.S. officials said, days after the departure of former Secretary Jim Mattis.

The Pentagon announced that Kevin Sweeney, a retired Navy rear admiral who had worked closely with Mattis, had stepped down.

“After two years in the Pentagon, I’ve decided the time is right to return to the private sector,” Sweeney said in a statement released late Friday by the Pentagon. “It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense.”

Sweeney had worked alongside Mattis at several points during his career, including when Mattis was still in uniform at assignments at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., and at Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., as well as while overseeing the Defense Department as secretary.

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