Pentagon Voice Kelly Retires

<i> Associated Press</i>

Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Kelly, the Pentagon’s witty and acerbic spokesman on the Persian Gulf War, retired Friday after 34 years in the Army.

Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Kelly is an “authentic American folk hero” who had shown the world a “reassuringly human and feeling Pentagon” during the war against Iraq.

Kelly, 58, has signed with a New York-based speaking agency and could command prices as high as $20,000 per speech.