Saturday, March 03, 2007

Walter Reed Furor Claims Army Secretary

Walter Reed Furor Claims Army Secretary
Saturday March 3, 2007 1:16 PM
AP Photo WX106, WX105, DCEV101
AP Military Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - It began with reports of mice and moldy plaster, but after two weeks of outrage, the scandal over poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has claimed several careers - including the secretary of the Army's.
Secretary Francis J. Harvey's abrupt dismissal Friday came under withering criticism from Pentagon chief Robert Gates, who said the Army's response to the substandard conditions for the war-wounded was defensive, and not aggressive enough. And it left the door open for more personnel changes, as investigations continue and Congress prepares for hearings next week.


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