Chuck Hagel
Rear Adm. John Kirby to step down as Pentagon spokesman

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman and public face of the U.S. military for more than a year, is stepping down at the request of the new Defense secretary, Ashton Carter. Carter, who was sworn in on Tuesday, plans to bring in a civilian to replace Kirby, a uniformed military officer, officials said. "We all serve at the pleasure of the secretary," Kirby told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon. “I've been honored to have the opportunity. It's really been a real privilege and I've enjoyed almost every day of it.” Carter did not name a new spokesperson. Kirby said he will stay several weeks to assist with the transition. It is not...