By WIBW TV
(WIBW) - The passing of former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld hits close to home for a current and a former Kansas leader.
Kansas State University President Richard Myers served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Rumsfeld. The retired four-star General in the Air Force worked alongside Rumsfeld from the earliest stages of the War on Terror, including the planning and execution of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
“Former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld played a pivotal role during a crucial time in American history,” Myers said in a statement to 13 NEWS. “We remember him for his devotion and service to our country in times of crisis. As a leader, he demanded candor from those around him and respected those who served their country in and out of uniform.”
Former Kansas Secretary of Administration and Topeka City Manager Dan Stanley also was saddened to hear of Rumsfeld’s passing. Stanley served as Assistant Secretary of Defense under Rumsfeld, working as one his top aides.
Rumsfeld’s family announced his death Wednesday. He was 88 years old.
Rumsfeld served as Secretary of Defense for Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.