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SecDef thanks servicemembers during first official KAF visit

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  • By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz
  • 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

During his first week on the job, newly sworn in Secretary of Defense, the Hon. Ashton Carter, traveled to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 22 to thank troops for their dedication to the Resolute Support Mission and acknowledge the strides they, in conjunction with their coalition and Afghan partners, have made toward the betterment of the region.

In addition to personally recognizing and shaking the hand of every servicemember present, Carter fielded questions from Airmen, soldiers and Marines on topics ranging from possible amendments to retirement policy, to sequestration and force shaping. 

Throughout the day, Carter reiterated his commitment to those who wear the uniform, expressing his personal gratitude as well as extending thanks on behalf of the Department of Defense and the citizens of the United States.

“You're what I wake up to every morning,” Carter said. “I never forget for one minute that you're here and what you're doing, the sacrifice that being here entails and the risk that it entails for you.”