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This week’s Remarkable Person is Leon Panetta. From humble beginnings to an impressive career as a public servant and politician.

Leon Panetta is a remarkable American who has dedicated most of his life to public service. A son of Italian immigrants, his service to his country began in 1964 as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. He received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service and was discharged as a first lieutenant.

He represented the Central Coast of California in Congress from 1977 to 1983. Then he was the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1994.

From 1994 to 1997, Panetta served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton. Then, he was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 under President Barack Obama. He also served as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013.

It’s an understatement to say he understands Washington D.C., politics, national security, and international relations.

He authored Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. He has experienced Washington D.C. and American politics from the inside, and he’s not afraid to share his opinions. He’s principled and stood up for his beliefs against power. Leon’s story is one that you won’t want to miss.

Leon Panetta: Former White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and Secretary of Defense

Cover Photo By Central Intelligence Agency

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In this episode Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta offers his state of the union, explains what could go wrong if we do not adhere to the Constitution, and how we can resist the erosion of democracy.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki render honors at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C., May 28, 2012. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

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