USA TODAY: Gen. John Allen Announces Retirement, Won’t Lead Europe

Source: Jim Michaels / USA Today

WASHINGTON – Marine Corps Gen. John Allen will retire from the military rather than proceed with his nomination to become the supreme commander in Europe, citing family health reasons.

The White House made the announcement Tuesday after Allen met with President Obama.

“Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family.” Obama said in a statement..

A source close to Allen said his wife has been ill recently. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

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