Updated 8:24 PM EDT, Wed June 30, 2021
Donald Rumsfeld, a former US secretary of defense under two presidents, has died at the age of 88.
"History may remember him for his extraordinary accomplishments over six decades of public service, but for those who knew him best and whose lives were forever changed as a result, we will remember his unwavering love for his wife Joyce, his family and friends, and the integrity he brought to a life dedicated to country," his family said in a statement.
Rumsfeld was the youngest defense secretary in US history when he served under President Gerald Ford in the 1970s. He held the position again in the early 2000s, serving under President George W. Bush.
It was Rumsfeld's second stint that would come to define his legacy in Washington. He oversaw two conflicts: the Iraq War and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The conflicts complicated Rumsfeld's standing at home and abroad, and he was ultimately driven out of the position because of his role in the Iraq War, which was widely denounced as a quagmire with no clear strategy.