Press Secretary George Little on Wednesday announced a temporary change in the
leadership of the Defense Department's personnel and readiness directorate.
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Erin Conaton will take a
temporary leave of absence to address personal health matters. Little said
Panetta and DOD leaders wish Conaton a speedy recovery. During Conaton's
absence, her duties will be filled by Jessica Wright, who Panetta has
designated as the acting principal deputy under secretary of defense for
personnel and readiness.
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