Eric Chewning named chief of staff for defense secretary

Eric Chewning named chief of staff for defense secretary

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Eric Chewning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Aquisitions, Technology and Logistics), named chief of staff for acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (U.S. Army photo by Darrell Hudson)

WASHINGTON — A former intelligence officer has been appointed the chief of staff to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

Eric Chewning, who has served as deputy assistant secretary of defense (DASD) for industrial policy since October 2017, begins his new role immediately, the Pentagon said in a statement to Pentagon reporters.

“As DASD for industrial policy, Mr. Chewning was a trusted advisor to the department’s senior leadership while working across the interagency on a range of issues,” Charles Summers, chief Pentagon spokesperson, said in the statement.

“Mr. Chewning looks forward to continuing his service in his new capacity alongside the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians of the Department of Defense,” he said.

Chewning left his position as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. to enlist in the Army following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

He replaces Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney, who resigned from his post over the weekend in the wake of the departure of former Defense Secretary James Mattis on Dec. 31, 2018.

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