Air Force Secretary Donley stepping down


Donley has been the service’s top civilian for the last five years and was the acting secretary for seven months prior, making him the longest-serving secretary in Air Force history.

During his tenure, he oversaw a large-scale reduction in Air Force personnel driven in part by budget cuts. “His leadership came during a challenging time for the Air Force, and he helped instill a culture of responsibility, initiative, and professionalism to the service,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement.

Donley did not immediately announce his future plans, but Hagel said he planned to return to “private life.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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