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US Envoy To Kenya Quits After Clash With Obama

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As we write this, aid workers in Kenya were on Friday kidnapped by unknown gunmen and driven towards the Somali border.

“It has been a great honor and a profound privilege to be a part of the U.S. State Department team for the past three years and to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and as the CEO of Team Kenya since May of 2011,” Gration said in a statement.

“However, differences with Washington regarding my leadership style and certain priorities lead me to believe that it’s now time to leave. Accordingly, I submitted my notice of resignation last Monday to the Secretary of State and to the President of the United States of America, to be effective as of 28 July 2012.”

He added: “Being the U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kenya has been a dream job for my wife and me. This assignment has abeen the perfect opportunity to use my deep-rooted knowledge of Kenya—its people, its language, and its culture—and my diplomatic, development, security, and humanitarian experience.”

He noted: “Judy and I have been extremely honored to lead Team Kenya, and we wish all of you the very best as Kenya implements its constitutional reforms, holds elections next year, and proceeds with the devolution of political and economic power.”

Gration said he was very proud of his 35-year career of dedicated and honorable service to his great nation, leading at all times with integrity first and the highest ethical standards.

“Judy and I are looking forward to returning to the work about which we are so passionate. But as we depart, we will deeply miss Kenya, the Kenyan people, our partners in the diplomatic corps, and our colleagues in the U.S. Mission. Our hearts will remain here with you and with the true friendships that will endure until death,” he said.

WHO IS GRATION?

The son of missionary parents, Major General (Ret) Scott Gration spent his childhood years in the now Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya.

Upon graduation from Rutgers University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, General Gration joined the United States Air Force where he served from 1974 to 2006.

During his early years in the Air Force, General Gration served as an F-5 and F-16 instructor pilot, including a two-year assignment with the Kenya Air Force.

His staff positions included tours in the Pentagon and NATO, and a White House Fellowship. In 1995 General Gration took command of the 4404th Operations Group in Saudi Arabia, where he was in command during the Khobar Towers bombing.

In 1996 he was transferred to Turkey to oversee Operation Northern Watch, enforcing a no-fly zone over Iraq.

General Gration served as commander of the 39th Wing at Incirlik AB, Turkey and later commanded the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

In 2000 and 2001 General Gration was Deputy Director for Operations in the Joint Staff in Washington and then spent a year and a half as Director of Regional Affairs for the Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs.

From January to June 2003, he commanded Joint Task Force-West during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In August 2003 he was appointed Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, and from June 2004 to October 2006, he served as Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate of United States European Command.

General Gration speaks Swahili and has an MA from Georgetown University in National Security Studies.

After retiring from the Air Force, General Gration served as the CEO of Millennium Villages (an organization dedicated to reducing extreme poverty), then joined the Safe Water Network where he helped to provide safe water to vulnerable populations in India, Bangladesh, and Ghana.

General Gration was a national security adviser to the Obama Presidential campaign and served as a Special Assistant to the President.

He also served as the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan from March 2009 to April 2011.

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