Embroiled in the ongoing brouhaha over the treatment and bureaucratic quagmire faced by war wounded outpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, has decided to retire. Defense Secretary Robert Gates earlier accepted the resignation of Army Secretary Francis Harvey, and the Army already had removed Maj. Gen. George Weightman from command at Walter Reed, where he had served since last August. However, Kiley has faced extensive criticism since he led Walter Reed for the two years before Weightman. The Army has appointed Maj. Gen. Eric Schoomaker to head Walter Reed and has named a combat-arms officer, Brig. Gen. Michael Tucker, to serve as his deputy.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.