Here's a look at the life of former CIA Director and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Personal: Birth date: September 25, 1943
Birth place: Wichita, Kansas
Birth name: Robert Michael Gates
Father: Melville A. Gates, wholesale auto parts salesman
Mother: Isabel V. Gates
Marriage: Rebecca (Wilkie) Gates (1966-present)
Children: Eleanor; Bradley
Education: College of William and Mary, B.A., History,1965; Indiana University, M.A., History, 1966; Georgetown University, PhD, Russian and Soviet history, 1974
Military Service: U.S. Air Force - 2nd Lieutenant
Other Facts: At the time of his appointment, Gates was the youngest person ever to assume the role of CIA director. And he is the only CIA director to rise from an entry level position to lead the agency.
He is the ninth naval officer to lead the Central Intelligence.
Gates has served every U.S. president from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama.
Timeline: 1966 - Is recruited as an analyst for the CIA.
1971 - As an intelligence analyst specializing in Soviet affairs, Gates is assigned to the CIA's support staff at the initial negotiations between the U.S. and Soviet Union on reducing strategic arms.
1974-1979 - Member of the National Security Council staff.
January 1980 - Is reassigned to the CIA as national intelligence officer on the Soviet Union and executive assistant to the director, Stansfield Turner.
January 1981 - Becomes executive assistant to new CIA director William J. Casey. Gates is also director of the Office of Policy and Plans and chairman of the Executive Career Service.
January 1982 - Promoted to Deputy Director for Intelligence and is in charge of the analytical branch of the agency.
September 1983 - Is appointed Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
April 18, 1986 - Promoted to Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.
December 1986-March 1987 - Is acting director during CIA director William J. Casey's surgery for a brain tumor.
January 29, 1987 - Casey resigns as director of the CIA.
February 2, 1987 - President Ronald Reagan nominates Gates to be Casey's successor.
March 2, 1987 - Gates withdraws his nomination due to continued questioning about his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. He stays on as deputy director under William H. Webster.