President Obama late this afternoon named a replacement for the White House military office director who resigned after the furor over "Scare Force One."
Louis Caldera quit after Air Force One's photo-shoot flyover above New York City last April that sparked panic and flashbacks to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
To replace him, Obama picked George D. Mulligan Jr., the office's deputy director since 2005, responsible for oversight of Department of Defense staff and operational elements providing direct support to the president's office. Mulligan has a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
A report following the incident said Mulligan told Caldera he should alert high-ranking White House officials before the flyover, but Caldera failed to do so.
“George brings decades of experience and has served with integrity and a deep commitment to his country – not just in his role at the White House Military Office, but throughout his distinguished career. I am very grateful that George has agreed to lead the Office and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the coming months and years,” Obama said in a statement.
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