Obama honors Gates on last day as defense chief

Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department's budget. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

June 30, 2011 12:16:14 PM PDT
A visibly moved Defense Secretary Robert Gates paused briefly at a Pentagon retirement ceremony rife with pomp and pageantry, collected himself and told his president: "You're getting pretty good at this covert ops stuff."