He's a familiar face around the Central Coast. He was just spotted last month filling up his car with gas at a station in Pacific Grove.
In the next few months, even weeks, you could be seeing much more of retiring Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as he'll be packing up his bags and heading home from serving his latest term in Washington, D.C.
The nation heard words from the Commander in Chief Friday during a farewell ceremony for Panetta. The President thanked Panetta for his years of service with the U.S. Military.
Panetta is a native of Carmel Valley.
The 74-year-old has spent more than four decades in Washington --- from a congressman -- to Chief of Staff, CIA Director and overseeing the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.