Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made the announcement this
President Bush nominated Roche for the position last July. The
Senate Armed Services Committee hasn't reported on the nomination
for a vote in the full Senate.
Roche says the Senate's busy schedule makes it unlikely his
nomination will be considered this year, and says it's in the best
interests of the Defense Department for him to withdraw.
Some lawmakers had accused Roche of mishandling a sexual assault
scandal at the Air Force Academy. An independent panel held Roche blameless, but faulted many of his solutions.