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    SECDEF thanks service members during talks at JBPHH

    Secretary of defense thanks service members during talks at JBPHH

    Photo By Master Sgt. Ryan Kruse | U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanks service members and their families for their...... read more read more

    HONOLULU, HI, UNITED STATES

    11.06.2015

    Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal 

    DMA Pacific - Hawaii Media Bureau   

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke to Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen during a Troop Talk event here, Nov. 6, 2015, as part of his trip to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

    Secretary Carter began the event by first emphasizing his gratitude for all the men and women who serve.

    “I’ve been around the Region now for several days and met a lot of important people, people from 13 countries but the most important people to me are you,” Carter said. “I want you to know, and I want your families to know, particularly on the eve of Veteran’s Day, how much we value you … how much we appreciate what you do.”

    Secretary Carter also explained why the region is so important in maintaining the prosperity of the nation.

    “This is the part of the world where half of humanity lives, it’s the part of the world where half the world’s economy is, and therefore it is the single part of the world that will be most consequential for America’s future,” Carter said.

    He also said that the hard work and dedication that military members exemplify throughout the region has a large impact on maintaining harmony throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

    “There is no NATO here, there’s nothing to heal the wounds of the past, there’s nothing that automatically keeps everyone together here in this region,” Carter said. “The single most important factor that has kept the peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region for decades is the pivotal role of American military power. That’s the role you play today.”

    At the end of his address Secretary Carter took time to answer questions concerning the future of the region and spoke to service members face to face.

    After meeting with U.S. Pacific Command military members during the Troop Talk event the Secretary traveled to Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, before completing his trip to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and heading back to Washington.

    The Defense Secretary’s third trip to the region this year is another step the Secretary has made to help advance the next phase for the rebalance of the Indo-Asia-Pacific by modernizing longtime alliances and building new partnerships.

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    Date Taken: 11.06.2015
    Date Posted: 11.06.2015 23:13
    Story ID: 181265
    Location: HONOLULU, HI, US 

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