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Obama Thanks Gen. Jones for Service as National Security Adviser

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama formally announced the resignation of National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones on Friday, calling him “a dedicated public servant and a friend.”

Jones’ deputy, Tom Donilon, will take his place.

“The American people owe Jim an unbelievable debt of gratitude for a lifetime of service,” Obama said of Jones, who served as commandant of the Marine Corps and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

Obama lauded Jones for leading “an unprecedented reform” of the national security staff, including an emphasis on cyber security, development and climate change, and working to integrate the Department of Homeland Security into the White House’s efforts.

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