Military Honors Retiring McChrystal
General says career didn't end as he'd hoped
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2010 8:15 AM CDT
Gen. Stanley McChrystal is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington, Friday, July 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – After 34 years in the Army, Gen. Stanley McChrystal left behind legions of admirers and the prospect that his reputation as a ferocious fighter would one day eclipse the costly comments that appeared in Rolling Stone. "Over the past decade, arguably no single American has inflicted more fear on our country's most vicious and violent enemies than Stan McChrystal," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during an emotional retirement ceremony yesterday, marking the end of the general's career.

Before a few hundred friends, family, and colleagues on the Fort McNair parade grounds, McChrystal made light of the episode, warning comrades: "I have stories on all of you, photos of many, and I know a Rolling Stone reporter." Wearing his own Army combat uniform for the last time, the four-star general received full military honors, including a 17-gun salute and flag formations by the Army's Old Guard.