General John R. Allen, who served until earlier this month as the top United States commander in Afghanistan, will retire from the military to focus on "health issues within his family," President Obama said Tuesday.
Gen. John R. Allen led United States forces in Afghanistan. (Haraz N. Ghanbari/Associated Press)
In January, General Allen was officially cleared of misconduct by the Pentagon after an investigation into his exchange of e-mails with a socialite in Tampa, Fla., and Mr. Obama had nominated him to be the supreme commander of NATO.
"I told General Allen that he has my deep, personal appreciation for his extraordinary service over the last 19 months in Afghanistan, as well as his decades of service in the United States Marine Corps," Mr. Obama said in a statement. "John Allen is one of America's finest military leaders, a true patriot, and a man I have come to respect greatly."
General Allen, a highly decorated officer, was caught up in the scandal that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Source: The New York Times | MICHAEL D. SHEAR