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Mullen Highlights Troop Families Needs Before Retirement Friday

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DoD Photo: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is retiring Friday after serving a four-year term as the nation’s top uniformed military officer and a 40-year career in the Navy.

Mullen will transfer the chairmanship to Gen. Martin Dempsey, formerly Army chief of staff, during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

During his term as chairman, Mullen and his wife Deborah have highlighted the needs of families of service members.

In a recent interview with AFPS, the Mullens spoke about their interest in the well-being of service members, their families and veterans.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have seen extended troop deployments, with many soldiers serving deployments for one or two years.

The Mullens have frequently met with military spouses and have visited wounded troops and their families. They plan to continue reaching out to families after the admiral’s retirement.

“We don’t see ourselves as activists, but as advocates for those who have carried the burden,” Mullen said. “This has been in our heart and soul forever. It’s frankly why we stayed in the military, because of the people.”

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