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  • Farewell to Rick Debobes

    by Senator Harry Reid

    Posted on 2013-02-28

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    REID. Mr. President, today the Senate says goodbye to a valued and accomplished staff member, Rick DeBobes, who is retiring after 10 years as staff director for Senator Levin in the Armed Services Committee.

    Rick came to the Senate more than two decades ago, after a distinguished 26-year career as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy. He spent his entire Capitol Hill career with the same committee--that committee being the Armed Services Committee--a rare occurrence in the Senate. He worked first for Chairman Sam Nunn and then Chairman Carl Levin.

    For the last decade, Rick has led the committee's oversight of two of our longest running wars ever--Iraq and Afghanistan--working to reward the dedication of military personnel and their families.

    Under Chairman Levin's guiding hand, he has also filled the staff of the Armed Services Committee with the next generation of national security professionals.

    Rick's expertise, integrity, and commitment to public service will be missed by Democrats, Republicans, and our country. On behalf of the Senate community, I thank him for his service and wish him well in his retirement.


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