Top Pentagon spokesman George Little announced today that his military-mouthpiece days are done.

“I have reached the difficult decision, after long consultation with my wonderful wife and two young sons, to step away from the podium and return to private life and the private sector,” he wrote in an e-mail to colleagues and reporters. Little, whose title is Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary, came to the Department of Defense in 2011 after working as the CIA’s spokesman.

His last day is Nov. 15, he says, and a search for his replacement is underway.

In the e-mail, Little says he’s hoping for a “a BlackBerry-free Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in several years.” Which shouldn’t be too hard, since most of us civilians use other smartphones.