Terri Moon Cronk and Jim Garamone at the DOD News offers the below piece on the passing of Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Donald H. Rumsfeld, who died today at age 88, was the only defense secretary who served twice in the role of Pentagon leader and principal assistant to the president on defense matters.
"I was saddened to hear today of the passing of former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld," Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said in a written statement, "Mr. Rumsfeld had the singular distinction of holding that post for two nonconsecutive tenures, serving as both the 13th secretary of defense and the 21st. He also served in the U.S. Navy in 1954-57 as a pilot and a flight instructor, and he continued his service as a reservist until 1975, when he became secretary of defense for the first time.
Early Life, Career in Government
After that stint of government service, Rumsfeld went into the private sector as president of G.D. Searle & Co. He later served as CEO of General Instrument from 1990 to 1993, and was chairman of Gilead Sciences from 1997 to 2001.
I covered Rumsfeld when he spoke at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2011.
You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on Rumsfeld via the below link: