Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chair Speaks Out On Generals Scandal

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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is speaking out for the first time since news of the Gen. David Petraeus scandal broke earlier this month.

Dempsey has released a statement on the matter of generals behaving badly through the Department of Defense. The statement reads:

For good reason some of you have asked if we’re distracted by recent allegations against several senior military officers. We are not distracted, but we are concerned. We’re committed to learning and adapting. We’re committed to honoring the profession and protecting the nation.

We’re not distracted — we can’t afford to be. We have hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and coast guardsmen deployed around the world standing watch for the nation.

Their well-being, and the well-being of their families, remains our top priority. The nation deserves our best effort and our attention to the security challenges we face. It will have it as we work through these challenges.