Secretary of the Army Resigns

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PENTAGON -- There's more fallout from the scandal involving substandard conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The Pentagon says Army Secretary Francis Harvey has resigned. His resignation, announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, comes just a day after Harvey had fired the two-star general who was in charge of the medical center.

Gates didn't say that he'd fired Harvey. However, senior defense officials say Gates had asked Harvey to leave.

The Defense Secretary did say that he was disappointed that some in the Army hadn't adequately "appreciated the seriousness of the situation" relating to outpatient care at Walter Reed.

The Bush administration has been struggling to cope with reports of poor conditions for wounded Iraq War soldiers at the medical center.

The following is Francis Harvey's official biography from the Army's website:

Dr. Francis J. Harvey was sworn in as the 19th Secretary of the Army on November 19, 2004. Appointed by President George W. Bush, he has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to Army manpower, personnel, Reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.

Secretary Harvey is responsible for the Department of the Army's annual budget and supplemental of $170 billion. He leads a work force of over one million active duty, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers, 230,000 Department of the Army civilian employees and 280,000 contracted service personnel. He has stewardship over 15 million acres of land.

Secretary Harvey's number one priority is the well being of Soldiers and their families. He has traveled extensively to visit Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and at over 100 Army installations, camps and forward operating bases in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has focused extensively on improving housing, day care and other quality of life issues for the Army's most important resource -- its people. He has also focused on increasing the Army's warfighting capabilities through several major initiatives, including increasing the size of the Operational Army; updating the Army's leader development program to reflect requirements of the 21st Century security environment; linking the Army's most important modernization program, the Future Combat Systems Program, with the Army Modular Force; and Army Business Transformation, an Army-wide effort to improve cycle time, gain efficiencies and free up additional financial resources for the warfighting side of the Army.

Prior to becoming the Secretary, Dr. Harvey spent much of his career with corporations that provided products and services to the federal government, particularly the Department of Defense. He has been involved in over 20 major defense programs and was a member of the Army Science Board in the late 1990s. Secretary Harvey also served for one year as a White House Fellow and assistant in the immediate office of the Secretary of Defense, Harold Brown, in the late 1970s.

Secretary Harvey earned his doctorate in Metallurgy and Material Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science from the University of Notre Dame.

He and his wife of 41 years, Mary, have two children and 5 grandchildren.