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Preston "Pete" M. Geren


Self Description

May 2007: "Pete Geren joined the Department of Defense in September of 2001 to serve as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense with responsibilities in the areas of inter-agency initiatives, legislative affairs and special projects.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Geren was an attorney and businessman in Fort Worth, Texas.

From 1989 until his retirement in 1997, Geren was a member of the U.S. Congress, representing the Twelfth Congressional District of Texas for four terms. He served on the Armed Services, Science & Technology and the Public Works and Transportation Committees during his tenure in the Congress.

Geren received his BA degree from the University of Texas in 1974 and his JD from University of Texas Law School in 1978...."

http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=53

Third-Party Descriptions

March 2007: Top Army officials pledged during a Senate hearing Wednesday to investigate whether a brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division is dispatching injured troops to Iraq as part of the so-called surge into Baghdad, Iraq. Pete Geren, the acting Army secretary, told a Senate panel that the Army was troubled by such charges, raised in a March 11 Salon article. 'These allegations are serious and any allegations of that sort, I can assure you, we are going to follow up on and investigate,' Geren told Washington Democrat Sen. Patty Murray.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/03/15/injured_troops/index.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization May 31, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) Department of Defense (DOD)/Defense Department Organization May 31, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) US Army Organization May 31, 2007
Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization May 31, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Texas - Austin Organization May 31, 2007
Subordinate of (past or present) Sen. Lloyd M. Bentsen Esq. Person May 31, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
May 25, 2007 Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event

QUOTE: A Washington-based advocacy group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sent letters yesterday...contending that the military's extensive cooperation in the [evangelical Christian] event would be unconstitutional.

Washington Post
Apr 26, 2007 Inaccurate reports on combat deaths hurt US military's credibility: While the Pentagon wants all the fallen to be seen as heroes, families push for the truth.

QUOTE: families of...soldiers who died in combat and didn't receive the truth right away are asking why it's so hard for the military to give them all the answers. The mounting criticism has prompted the Army to change its procedures.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 23, 2007 Soldier says he was deployed with head injury

QUOTE: Pogany agrees with other critics who have noted that injured troops separated from service with bad-conduct discharges and diagnoses of pre-existing personality orders have no shot at disability retirement benefits — which holds down the military’s costs to pay those benefits.

Army Times
Mar 15, 2007 Army pledges to investigate injured troop charge: In a defense appropriations hearing, Sen. Patty Murray demanded that military leaders respond to Salon's article about medical reclassification of inj

QUOTE: Top Army officials pledged during a Senate hearing Wednesday to investigate whether a brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division is dispatching injured troops to Iraq as part of the so-called surge into Baghdad, Iraq.

Salon