Army secretary resigns

Army secretary Francis Harvey resigned abruptly, one day after he fired Maj. Gen. George Weightman, the commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, due to highly publicized substandard conditions for wounded soldiers at the Army's premier medical facility.

Defense secretary Robert Gates announced the resignation. Harvey had served as Army secretary since November 2004.

In a related development, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced it has subpoenaed Weightman to testify at a hearing to be held Monday at Walter Reed. Committee chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) stated in the letter that Weightman will be questioned, in part, about the Army's decision in January 2006 to privatize support services at the medical center.


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