The Army general forced to resign over a Rolling Stone article received an honorable send-off in Washington on Friday.
A retirement ceremony was held for General Stanley McChrystal.
His long career came to a screeching halt after he and his staff were quoted mocking and criticizing top White House officials.
McChrystal addressed the abrupt end to his service.
“This has the potential to be an awkward or even a sad occasion,” said McChrystal. “With my resignation, I left a mission I feel strongly about. I ended a career I love that began over 38 years ago. And I left unfulfilled commitments to many comrades in the fight. Commitments I hold sacred. My service did not end as I had wished, and there were misconceptions about the loyalty and service of some dedicated professionals that will likely take some time but I believe will be corrected.”
The general thanked President Obama during the ceremony, saying he was honored to serve for him.
McChrystal was the top U-S commander in Afghanistan.