President Ford Appoints Donald Rumsfeld Chief of Staff
President Ford announced that he would appoint Donald Rumsfeld as his Chief of Staff on September 24, 1974. Rumsfeld coordinated White House operations until October 1975 when he was named Secretary of Defense.
Read the press release on his appointment
Pictured: President Ford and Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld in the Oval Office on September 29, 1974.
-from the Ford Library
On November 8, 2006, President George W. Bush announced the resignation of Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and his nomination of Dr. Robert M. Gates as his successor.
Today marks the retirement of Secretary Gates. During an Armed Forces Farewell Tribute at the Pentagon, President Obama presented Gates with the highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
-image via the George W. Bush Presidential Library