Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement after the Army announced the retirement of Lieutenant General Kevin C. Kiley, the Army Surgeon General: 

            “The Acting Secretary of the Army informed me this morning of the retirement of the Surgeon General of the Army, Lieutenant General Kevin C. Kiley. 

Leaders must be held accountable for what happens under their command.  The changes in leadership that have occurred since the situation at Walter Reed gained public attention are the first step.  But this step alone will not fix the problems that our wounded and injured service members experience when they are in recovery. 

With the installation of new leaders, the real test will be making sure that the work fixing problems actually gets done.  The House Armed Services Committee will be preparing legislation to improve administration, eliminate bureaucracy, and ease transition issues for our service members and their families, and I believe Congress is willing to help the Pentagon make the necessary changes to see this through.”