Biden makes plans to deploy to Iraq with Delaware National Guard

Drew Smith Oct. 1, 2008, 11:44am

Beau Biden (D)

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline)--Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has written an open letter to the citizens of Delaware that outlines his plan for leadership while he reports for active duty with the Delaware Army National Guard later this week.

Biden, a captain and judge advocate general in the Delaware National Guard, has known for a year that he would be deployed to Iraq with the 261st Signal Brigade.

He has developed a plan for how the Delaware Department of justice will function during his deployment, the Democrat said in a statement.

"While I am deployed I plan to be in contact with my senior leadership as often as my duties and the Army will allow. However, I have full confidence in the entire Department to continue to work effectively and to meet my objectives over the next year," Biden said.

The attorney general is the son of U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Biden said he has met with his senior leadership and established clear objectives for each division over the next year. Those goals include establishing a Delaware Department of Justice Homicide Unit, proposing a Constitutional Amendment on Bail and preparing the Department's Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposal.

"I am grateful, as I know are all the members of my Unit, for your kind thoughts and prayers," Biden said. "I am honored to serve with such dedicated men and women in the Delaware National Guard, and equally honored to serve with my exceptional team at the Delaware Department of Justice."

Biden's senior leadership consists of Chief Deputy Attorney General Richard Gebelein, Chief of Staff Teresa Mason, State Prosecutor Richard Andrews and State Solicitor Lawrence Lewis. Other members include Timothy Mullaney, director of the Fraud and Consumer Protection Division, and Patricia Dailey Lewis, director of the Family Division.

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