Army: Surgeon General Retiring Amid Scandal At Walter Reed

Washington (AP) -- Another high-level Army official is out of a job in the wake of the controversy surrounding Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The Army announced the retirement of its Surgeon General, Kevin Kiley, Monday. A senior defense official says Kiley was asked to resign by acting Army Secretary Peter Geren.

In a statement released by the Army, Kiley says he stepped down because he thinks it's "in the best interest" of the Army.

Kiley, who headed Walter Reed from 2002 to 2004, is the third high-level official to lose his job over revelations of substandard living conditions and bureaucratic delays at the facility.

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