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AMPN/REF A IS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WELCOME MESSAGE//
RMKS/1. Reference (a) is a welcome message from Secretary of Defense
Carter to all Department of Defense personnel. Secretary Carter's
memo is copied below for widest dissemination.
" I am honored to become your Secretary of Defense. I am
proud to lead men and women who devote their lives to the
highest calling - the defense of our Nation. And I am grateful
to follow in the footsteps of Secretary Hagel, one of our
Nation's most honorable and conscientious public servants.
We live in challenging times - times that demand leadership
and focus. And starting today, I will be calling on each and
every one of you to help carry out three top priorities.
Our first priority is helping the President make the best
possible national security decisions for protecting our country
and then implementing those decisions with our department's
We confront a turbulent and dangerous world: continuing
turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa and the malignant and
savage terrorism emanating from it; an ongoing conflict in
Afghanistan; a reversion to archaic security thinking in parts of
Europe; tensions in the Asia Pacific; the proliferation of weapons
of mass destruction; and intensifying threats in cyberspace.
In addressing these challenges, I have pledged to provide
the President my most candid strategic advice. I will count on
your experience and expertise as I formulate that advice. I will
also ensure the President receives candid professional military
But as we tackle the many threats to our national security,
we must never lose sight of our Nation's enduring strengths or of
the opportunities to make a brighter future and better world for
our children. The United States remains the strongest and most
resilient nation on earth. Because of you, we have the finest
fighting force the world has ever known. We have friends and
allies in every corner of the world, while our adversaries have
few. We have long possessed the world's most dynamic and
innovative economy. And our values, principles, and leadership
continue to inspire hope and progress around the world.
Safeguarding America's security and global leadership will
depend on another of my main priorities: ensuring the strength
and health of you who make up the greatest fighting force the
world has ever known - our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines,
Civilians, and Contractors all around the world.
I will do that by focusing on the well-being, safety, and
dignity of each of you and your families. I will ensure your
training and equipment are as superb as you are. And I pledge to
make decisions about sending you into harm's way with the greatest
reflection and utmost care because this is my highest responsibility
as Secretary of Defense.
Honoring all these commitments also requires us to focus on
building the force of the future, which is my third priority.
We must steer through the turmoil of sequestration, which
imposes wasteful uncertainty and risk to our Nation's defense.
We must balance all parts of our defense budget so that we continue
to attract the best people - people like you; so that there are
enough of you to defend our interests around the world; and so that
you are always well-equipped and well-trained to execute your
To win support from our fellow citizens for the resources we
need, we must show that we can make better use of every taxpayer
dollar. That means a leaner organization, less overhead, and
reforming our business and acquisition practices.
It also means embracing the future - and embracing change.
We must be open to change in order to operate effectively in
an increasingly dynamic world; to keep pace with advances in
technology; and to attract new generations of talented and dedicated
Americans to our calling.
I first arrived at the Pentagon more than three decades ago
and have had the privilege of serving Secretaries of Defense in
Democratic and Republican administrations. I took the oath of office
this morning because I love our country and am devoted to you who
defend it. And I am committed to our fundamental mission: the
defense of our Nation.
I look forward to leading and serving alongside you at this
extraordinary moment in our Nation's history.
May God bless you and your families, and may God bless America. "
Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter
2. Released by Vice Admiral S. H. Swift, Director, Navy Staff.//