Top Pentagon Official Calls It Quits Amid Growing Tensions With Iran
Eric Chewning, chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, plans to step down from his post at the end of the month, making him the latest in a series of high-profile civilians to leave the department, according to Politico.
Chewning, a former Army intelligence officer and combat veteran, was first hired in 2017 and was later promoted to chief of staff by then-Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.
Esper released a statement shortly after Chewing’s announcement.
“I’m grateful for Eric’s professionalism, judgment, and leadership over the last seven months as I moved into the Secretary of Defense role,” Esper said in a statement Monday. “In an incredibly demanding job, Eric has been a source of calm and tireless work. We wish him all the best upon his return to the private sector.”