Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn praised Petraeus as a great military leader. Mullen said Patreaus set the gold standard for wartime commanding and ranks among the great military leaders in history.
“As our nation contemplates difficult budget decisions, I know that our leaders will remember that our people, our men and women in uniform, are our military,” Petraeus said. “And that taking care of them and their families must be our paramount objective.”
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