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Army secretary resigns

Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey stepped down from his position Mar. 2, as the Bush administration faces a scandal alleging poor hospital conditions for wounded Iraq soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Only hours before Harvey's resignation, President Bush requested a review of military and veteran hospital conditions in light of the alleged incident. White House officials said the president would call upon a bipartisan commission to investigate Walter Reed and other medical facilities.

The Army also announced Mar. 2 Walter Reed's new commander as Maj. Gen. Eric R. Schoomaker.

Harvey, who has been Army secretary since November 2004, will depart Mar. 9. Pete Geren will act as secretary until the president names a nominee for the position, White House officials said.