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Contracts For May 19, 2017

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CONTRACTS AIR FORCE United Launch Services LLC, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a
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General Officer Announcement

DoD News Releases - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:41
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that the president has made the following nomination: Air
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General Officer Announcement

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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that the president has made the following
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General Officer Assignments

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The chief of staff, Air Force, announced the assignment of the following general officers:Maj. Gen.
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Portrait Unveiling in Honor of Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in the Pentagon Courtyard

DoD Speeches - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:56
Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Portrait Unveiling in Honor of Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in the Pentagon Courtyard Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis; Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, May 19, 2017 CHAPLAIN:  I invite you to join with me in prayer.  Let us pray.  Father, we thank you for this beautiful day as we honor the life and decades of selfless service to the nation of Secretary Chuck Hagel.  We are grateful for his leadership of our military at a time of severe threat to our country and war.  We thank you for his service to the nation as not only Defense secretary, but also United States senator, deputy administration of the V.A. and a soldier.  We are especially reminded of his heroic service as an infantryman in Vietnam.  

Your word tells us there is no greater love than one lay down his life for his friend and Secretary Hagel has literally lived that ethos and given the next generation of warriors a great example to follow. 

And finally, we pray for all of our deployed warriors at this very moment wherever they are.  Protect them, strengthen them and bring them home safely to their families.  We pray this in Jesus name, amen.

ANNOUNCER:  Please be seated.

Ladies and gentlemen, the secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis. (Applause.)

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JIM MATTIS:  As the chaplain said, it's a beautiful day.  And I mentioned to Secretary Hagel and his family when they came to the office that some things are work and some things are just pure joy, and this is one of the latter.  And I think in light of the number of senators, secretaries, generals, admirals, undersecretaries, in light of the number of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines here, I would just tell you, Mr. Secretary, you get a sense of the affection that is held for you in the Department of Defense.

Secretary Hagel, it's good to have you back in the building.  The last time, ladies and gentlemen, the secretary and I were together he was presiding over my change of command, so it's a special delight to have him back here today.  I've been taking notes while I had him in the office about how to do this job, you all understand.  Lilibet, thank you for coming so much.  Tom and Michael, brothers, Cathy for coming out today on this perfect Washington, D.C. day, complete with heat.  It's great to have you here.

I've been the executive secretary for two secretaries of defense.  I've been the senior military assistant for two deputy secretaries of defense, and even with that perspective, after a little over 100 days in the job, I can just tell you that nobody understands this job other than those who have been in it before.  I know that I didn't understand it even as closely as I was watching it day after day for years.

Our former secretary was an Army sergeant wounded in action and he rose to the very top of our department.  He served as a representative, a U.S. senator, from Nebraska and he's one who I believe has represented all that is great about America, one who has put service to others before self and from the firefight of Vietnam to the halls of Congress then to the Pentagon and to our field and fleet unit, he has stood strong all those years.  His example, I believe ladies and gentlemen, is the sort of stuff that we call the North Star that guides us all, that keeps this experiment in democracy, and that's all it is is an experiment and we call it America, he keeps that experiment alive to pass on to the next generation in this often hostile world.

Secretary Hagel, your selfless sacrifice and devotion to duty represents the finest sense of our national spirit.  It is through this national spirit hoisted aloft by examples such as yours that our finest men and women are inspired to volunteer their service to a cause larger than self, to prize honor more than wealth, to forgo the easy path in pursuit of something greater (inaudible) for a life of purpose.  

In life, people can be classified into two general groups; ones who play it safe and stay in the shallow end of the swimming pool and those who go out into the deep ocean with all its treacherous currents.  There is no doubt that the man we are here to honor today has spent his entire life swimming in such an ocean, and that during the journey, his North Star was service to the nation, to the country before self.  He lived I, strong morals developed from a solid upbringing, and that holds true for Secretary Hagel.

Like Secretary Hagel, I grew up west -- far west of this town here on the Potomac.  He was raised in small towns across Nebraska, America's heartland, by his parents Charlie and Betty, a father who was a veteran of World War II where he served as a B-25 Mitchell Bomber tail gunner in the South Pacific and a mother who worked day and night to provide for her four sons.  His parents were just one of the many positive influences, as members of the American Legion of Veterans of Foreign Wars were mainstays of the town's culture.  This upbringing, this immersion in American ideal, would lead Secretary Hagel to later remark, and I want to quote here, service meant -- sound familiar, Mr. Secretary?  "Service meant that when your country called, you answered the call.  It would never have occurred to anyone to question it.  If the president said he needed you, that was enough."

With that sentiment in mind, he answered the nation's call and volunteered in -- for Vietnam in 1967, along with his brother Tom who joined shortly thereafter.  They served side by side in the Army's 9th Infantry Division.  When on point, one brother would break the jungle ahead while the other was on the compass.  Two brothers, two volunteers in the tradition of those who fought with Washington, who answered Lincoln's call and those who were part of the greatest generation, a tradition of patriots and these two lads, like so many others, voluntarily shouldered the patriot's burden.

During Vietnam, the best went off to fight, little knowing that one would come home to later serve as the secretary of defense.  So the Hagel family knows service.  Secretary Hagel's brother Michael has also inspired thousands of service members and civilians with his paintings commemorating acts of valor.

Some have graced the Pentagon for more than 25 years, capturing there, for all of us to reflect upon, in paintings.  

In 1989, he painted one of the most famous missions of the Fifth Air Force during World War II, the raid on Simpson Harbor -- a painting that hung on the wall in Chairman Colin Powell's office before being moved to Secretary Hagel's office during his tenure -- a painting which now graces my outer office.  

Michael volunteered his time and talent to paint the portrait that we will soon unveil here before you.  

Sir, as secretary of defense, you championed significant steps forward for America's fighting force, modernizing America's partnerships and alliances abroad, advancing the rebalance to the Pacific, enhancing defense cooperation in the Middle East, launching the Defense Innovation Initiative and leading a major initiative that accounted for personnel missing in action.  

I could go on, ladies and gentlemen, but we would be here all day, because his was a -- a policy of initiative, not of simply sitting back and watching things happen.  

Secretary Hagel, you, Lilibet, Tom and Michael should sense the immense pride we all share in your family's long lineage of service to the ideals that make this nation great, for there can be no happiness if the things we do are not the same things that we believe in. 

While this painting will memorialize Secretary Hagel, it can never fully define the raw debt we owe him for a lifetime of service, for his raw example of courage, and it's going to live with us all forever.  

Secretary Hagel, if you would please join me in unveiling your portrait.  

STAFF:  Ladies and gentlemen, the official portrait of the Honorable Chuck Hagel, 24th secretary of defense.  (Applause.)

Ladies and gentlemen, the honorable Chuck Hagel.  

FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL:  Secretary Mattis, thank you, and thank you for your many, many years of distinguished service and leadership to this country.

If there was a time when America needed wise, steady leadership in the world, in everything we do and represent, it is now, and you embody that wise, steady, experienced leadership that this country and the world looks to at -- at this time in this world, and in this time in our country. 

And to you again, Jim, it's a real privilege to be with you, and thank you for your very generous comments.  

And thanks to all the professionals here at the Pentagon for all your time and your hard work in organizing this event, especially my former Senate assistant and former chief of protocol, Adrienne Schweer, who put a lot of time in assuring that this not only would happen, but happen the right way, with the right people.  And I am grateful to Adrienne, and all who worked so hard to do this.

And also, thank you to all who are here whom I had the great privilege to work with during my two years as secretary of defense.  Thank you for your continued service.  Thank you for your continued service to our country and all you did to assist me as we work together for the American people.

This is a special day for my family and me.  To have played a small role in this department's important responsibilities, and have had the opportunity to serve with men and women whose dedication to our country is unparalleled has been a true honor.  To be remembered by the hanging of my portrait near those who have gone before me is humbling.

Every man and woman who has ever served in this nation's defense enterprise deserves to have their portrait hung in these hallways.  As to my portrait, as Secretary Mattis has noted -- many of you may know, and as Jim pointed out, that it was my brother Mike, a renowned professional artist illustrator who painted this portrait.  He gave me a good deal. (Laughter.)

Mike had his paintings hanging in the Pentagon and in officer's clubs all over the world long before I got to the Pentagon.  He may have been trying out for the portrait job.

My brother Tom, who I served with in Vietnam, is a law school professor and a judge.  He critiqued Mike's work, which in itself is a scary prospect.

I realized I was taking a big gamble turning over the power of the brush to my brothers.  But I had great confidence in my brother Mike and his guiding experience provided by my brother Tom.

I told Mike, "Mike, don't make me look too damn good."  He said, "Don't worry." (Laughter.)

I've not studied it enough to know if he was serious about his comment.  Both of my brothers, as has been recognized -- and thank you for recognizing my family -- are here today, and I'm proud of both of them and our family.

I want to again recognize my wife, Lilibet, who is my indispensable partner.  Lilibet worked closely with Annie Dempsey and the chief spouses, and the senior enlisted spouses on a number of projects during my two years here in the Pentagon, which she found greatly enhancing, and enriching, and rewarding.  And I want to thank my daughter Allyn -- and our son Allyn and our son Ziller for their constant help and support.

You'll see in the portrait that there's only one object in the painting other than its mediocre subject.  And that is the combat infantry badge, the CIB.

As you all know, it's a U.S. Army decoration awarded those who have served in combat.  It's a symbol that conveys that part of my service to this country of which I am most proud of.

What I'm most proud of is serving our country alongside the quiet heroes that every generation of Americans produces.  Heroes that neither receive nor seek glory or recognition.

This uncommon courage and humility is the common denominator of the American people.  It is a strong thread that is woven into the fabric of our society.

In a volatile and uncertain time in our country and the world, it is this steady, confident, and humble strength of character that will guide us through the current uncertainty.  We find these strengths throughout our armed forces.

America, like all nations and all individuals need role models, men and women they can look up to, emulate, and admire.  Here today, are two of my former Senate colleagues.  They fit that description.

Senators Dick Lugar and John Warner, two dear friends who helped teach me how to be a United States senator, and were role models.  Thank you both for your service to this country both in uniform and out of uniform.  Dick Lugar and John Warner, thank you. (Applause.)

Belief in each other, our way of life, and our incredible country that gives us the abilities, the structure and resources to self-correct will help America regain its balance.  I believe that as firmly as when I swore my loyalty to the Constitution of the United States on April 26, 1967, the day I was inducted into the United States Army.

As I close my remarks, I want to recognize some special individuals, without whom I could not have done this job.  Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, General Marty Dempsey, General Abe Abrams, my two chiefs of staff, Ambassador Mark Lippert and Rexon Ryu, and my person security detail.

There were many others as well.  And many are here, and they know who they are.  I will forever be grateful -- forever be grateful to all of you.

The principle I've always tried to live by in all things is listen, learn, and respect all opinions and all people.  Those who worked with me saw close up my frailties and weaknesses, but always strive to make me better.  It may be that they were scared as hell as to what would happen if they didn't.

Thank you all, all of you for coming.  And thank you all for your friendship.

I’d also like to thank many of my former Senate staff members who are here, and friends.  I appreciate you coming today as well.

I'm very proud of this day because it was time in the United States Army that helped define me and my future that gave so many wonderful opportunities to my family and me.  These experiences brought me to my last government job, Secretary of Defense, a job that I will forever cherish.

I will forever cherish this job for the privilege and the responsibilities that came with it.  But most importantly, for the opportunity to work alongside men and women who always have put their country first.

God bless you.  Thank you.  Thank you, Jim. (Applause.)

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Department of the Army Announces Upcoming Deployment

DoD News Releases - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 13:23
The Department of the Army announced today the summer 2017 deployment of approximately 3,500
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Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' meeting with Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist

DoD News Releases - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 21:38
Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:Secretary of Defense Jim
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Contracts For May 18, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:00
CONTRACTS NAVY General Atomics, San Diego, California, is being awarded $195,180,206 for
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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Announces Department of Defense Senior Executive Service Appointments and Assignments

DoD News Releases - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 13:12
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive
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Readout of Secretary Mattis' Bilateral Meeting with Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide

DoD News Releases - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:12
Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Today, Secretary of
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Flag Officer Announcements

DoD News Releases - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 16:49
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced today that the president has made the following
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Contracts For May 17, 2017

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General Officer Announcement

DoD News Releases - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:52
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that the president has made the following nomination:Air
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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that the president has made the following nomination:Navy
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Swearing-In Ceremony for Secretary of the Air Force Wilson

DoD Speeches - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 22:59
Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Swearing-In Ceremony for Secretary of the Air Force Wilson Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis; Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson; Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein, at the Pentagon, May 16, 2017

            STAFF:  Good afternoon and welcome to today's swearing-in ceremony in honor of Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force.

 

            Ladies and gentleman, the Secretary of Defense, James M. Mattis, the Secretary of the Air Force, Heather A. Wilson, and General David L. Goldfein, chief of staff of the Air Force. (Applause.)

 

            (SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER")

 

            (Applause.)

 

            STAFF: Ladies and gentleman, General Goldfein.

 

            GENERAL DAVID L. GOLDFEIN:  Secretary Mattis, distinguished guests, fellow joint teammates, family and friends, it is an absolute honor to welcome Dr. Heather Wilson as out 24th Secretary of the Air Force, along with her husband Jay and her son Josh. 

 

            Secretary Wilson and I first served together as cadets at the United States Air Force Academy.  Almost 40 years ago, we stood together in the field house and took our oath of office for the first time -- the same oath Dr. Wilson has repeated throughout her distinguished Air Force career, and the same oath she took as she was sworn in as a congresswoman from the great state of New Mexico. 

 

            And here we stand together again, as you repeat these same sacred words.  What a journey it has been, and what a journey it will be. 

 

            We follow in the footsteps of service secretaries and chiefs of the past who have put their heart and soul into building the most combat-capable and lethal Air Force the world has ever known. 

 

            The names are familiar because we studied them together at the academy.  Symington and Spaatz; Orr and Allen; Peters and Ryan; Secretary Wynne, who was here today, and General Moseley; and Donnelly and General Schwartz, who is also with us; and today begins the era of Wilson and Goldfein. 

 

            While we face the complex and dangerous national security environment where air and space power are in great demand, others before us have faced similar challenges. 

 

            Working together in an executive team, they organized, trained, equipped and presented ready forces to combatant commanders to capture the high ground and win our nation's battles as we simultaneously protected the homeland. 

 

            And under your leadership, Madam Secretary, we will do the same. 

 

            Of all the words in our sacred oath, perhaps the most important are "we take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion."  You did not have to take on this responsibility, and no doubt, there were a few nights when you and Jay looked out of your residence at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and questioned why you would leave your dream job to go back into government service.

 

            But, ma'am, your airmen know why.  It's the same reason you left home to join the Air Force in 1978.  It's the same reason you ran for office and served in our Congress.  It's what drives you, because it was ingrained in our character at the Air Force Academy:  integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do. 

 

            Service before self:  ma'am, your nation has called you back to duty, and it is my distinct honor to represent the over 660,000 active-duty Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian airmen as we welcome you, Jay and Josh back to your Air Force.

 

            We're proud to follow you, and I'm honored to fly on your wing once again, these four decades later. 

 

            And it is now my honor to introduce our Secretary of Defense, a man who knows a bit about service and duty, the Honorable James Mattis. 

 

            Sir.  (Applause.)

 

            SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JIM MATTIS:  Well, thank you, General.  And, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here. 

 

            General Goldfein, it's great to see the Air Force under your uniform leadership, and to bring you a wing man who knows something about the Air Force, to say the least. 

 

            But to Jay and to Josh, thank you for sticking with us through the usual injurious confirmation process.  You've already shown you have the right stuff, just like your mother does, Josh. 

 

            And I would just say to Senator Kurtz, Secretary Wynne, Undersecretary Zakheim -- I saw him here -- General Schwartz, General Moseley -- all of you who are here, if we wanted to do one thing to Webster's Unabridged Dictionary to define a patriot with no words, we could put up Heather Wilson's picture right next to the word, and we would explain what a patriot truly is. 

 

            And certainly, leaving a dream job somewhere west of the Potomac is something I can identify with.  But I'd just say, on -- on behalf of Secretary Wilson -- and it's lovely to call you that, Secretary Wilson -- on behalf of the entire Air Force community, on behalf of the Department of Defense, welcome home.

 

            Before us, ladies and gentlemen, as you know, is someone whose personal story mirrors America's coming of age and our times.  She's an east-coaster, a Granite Stater who went west to go to college.  She went west to Colorado and came out an Air Force officer from the Air Force Academy and grew up in service to our country. 

 

            And it's interesting to look at her service as being at a hinge in history for the Air Force, for our nation and for the world.  She's been at the hinge each time.  She was one of the first women to graduate from the Air Force Academy.  She's one of the first to earn a degree as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford; to serve as a female veteran in Congress.  A cold warrior, she worked in the White House National Security Council when the Berlin wall was swept down.

 

            Infused throughout this service is a continual quest for wisdom, often conducted in exalted institutions, whether in the shadow of the Rockies, on the banks of the Thames, or in the corridors of Congress.

 

            We are grateful recipients today of that expertise.  You know, I read Oxford University books.  Secretary Wilson writes them.  Here's the title of one, and for those of you who don't think Marines can use multi-syllable words, I'm going to prove you wrong.  Title:  "International Law and the Use of Force by National Liberation Movements."  How's that for a mouthful?  And how's that for a book that we might all want to be reading right now?

 

            Madam Secretary, I say unequivocally, I need your ideas and this department needs your wisdom.  The Air Force is beginning another chapter in its legendary story.  Secretary Wilson and her airmen will be in -- will have the --  pen.  She masters her subject.  She does not dabble in it. 

 

            And writing that history along-side her will be more than a half-million airmen and -women that with "Fingers" Goldfein on her wing, the finest Air Force in the world, if we can keep it.  If they wonder what manner of leader they welcome today, I offer the words of a student at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where Secretary Wilson served several years as president.  And here is the quote:  "She was much more than a president to us.  She was a role model, a friend to us all, and above all, an inspiration."

 

            So ladies and gentlemen, our Air Force welcomes a secretary, a scholar, a statesman, an advocate, and one of its own.  It is not surprising that Heather Wilson's service comes at yet another of history's hinges.  Since 1945, American air superiority has never been questioned.  Our Air Force has been so successful that America today takes for granted that our spacious skies are also safe, free and clear.  This is true around the world as America's ground and other combat forces operate with confidence that no evil can set upon them from above. 

 

            But history is not pre-determined, nor is it static.  History hangs on a hinge.  Air supremacy is not America's ordained right and there are other hands pushing on history's door.  They push also in space and in cyberspace.  By Secretary Wilson's leadership, by the superior service of America's airmen and -women, they push in vain. 

           

            I close with a reflection.  The United States Air Force has an air force today because a pair of bicycle mechanic brothers studied flight day and night and worked like the dickens in a garage in Ohio 100 years ago.  That kind of industry and creativity, the relentless pursuit of knowledge happens all across the world today.  It must happen here.  At an astounding pace, it must happen here.

 

            The U.S. Air Force must be better at it than anyone else.  And under Secretary Wilson, I have absolute total confidence that will be the case.

 

            So summoned once more into service, she will, as we say in the west, she will ride for the brand -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

 

            Secretary Wilson, welcome to the Pentagon. (Applause.)

 

            STAFF:  With Secretary Wilson's family, please join her on the steps for the oath of office.

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  Repeat after me.

 

            I, state your full name...

 

            SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE HEATHER WILSON: I, Heather Wilson...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... do solemnly swear...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... do solemnly swear...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... that I will support and defend...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... that I will support and defend...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... the Constitution of the United States...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... the Constitution of the United States...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... against all enemies...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... against all enemies...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... foreign and domestic...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... foreign and domestic...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... and I will bear true faith...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... and I will bear true faith...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... and allegiance to the same.

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... and allegiance to the same.

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  I take this obligation freely...

           

            MS. WILSON:  I take this obligation freely...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... without any mental reservation...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... without any mental reservation...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... or purpose of evasion.

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... or purpose of evasion.

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  And I will well and faithfully...

 

            MS. WILSON:  And I will well and faithfully...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... discharge the duties...

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... discharge the duties...

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  ... of the office on which I'm about to enter.

 

            MS. WILSON:  ... of the office on which I'm about to enter.

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  So help me God.

 

            MS. WILSON:  So help me God.

 

            SEC. MATTIS:  Congratulations, Madam Secretary. (Applause.)

 

            STAFF:  Ladies and gentlemen, the Honorable Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force. (Applause.)

 

            MS. WILSON:  Thank you, Secretary Mattis, for your leadership and also for your kindness.

 

            I also wanted to thank my husband, Jay, who I think is up for sainthood, and my family, many of whom are here today from all over the country. 

 

            General Goldfein, thank you.  It is true, we stood together in 1978 to take that oath the first time.  And we have a lot of other classmates here today, and most of us took our oath four years later, but I think you were on the five-year plan. (Laughter.)

 

            There are several university presidents here who know students like that. (Laughter.)

 

            My colleagues from -- I have several colleagues here from South Dakota, and I wanted to thank you for coming.  And Kevin Schieffer is here from the Board of Regents, as well as two of my colleagues, Tom Jackson, the president of Black Hills State, and my successor, at an exceptional engineering and science university, Jan Puszynski is here from South Dakota Mines; as well as Mike Rush and Jack Warner, who had to put up with me.  They were -- they were technically my supervisor.  I'm a very difficult person to supervise.  General Mattis -- Secretary Mattis, you should have talked to them before you hired me.

 

            My friends and classmates from the class of 1982, thank you for -- (Applause.) -- thank you for your friendship and for your support.  I'll need your advice, because I know you will give it frankly over the next several years.

 

            I also wanted to personally thank Lisa Disbrow, who has been the acting Secretary of the Air Force since January, and she is the undersecretary.  She has served the United States Air Force for 32 years.  And I could not have asked for a better -- better support and help to me and to the country. (Applause.)

 

            And thank you to the airmen who protect the freedoms we enjoy.  You and your family's represent the best of what it means to be an American.  You know, in August 1908, a man names Orville Wright took a contraption made of wood and fabric just over there beyond the corner on Arlington Ridge at the parade ground at Fort Myer. 

 

            And he was there a man with a mission, to convince the United States Army that this contraption, this new technology would revolutionize warfare.  And he was right.  As airmen, you are the successors to those bicycle mechanics.  You are the innovators and the intrepid airmen who stand ready every hour of every day on every continent ready to protect the country that we love.

 

            And we've got a lot of work to do.  Under the guidance of Secretary of Defense Mattis and with the support of the United States Congress, we will restore the readiness of the force so that we can win any fight, any time, anywhere.  We're going to cost effectively modernize the force and drive innovation to bring new capabilities to the service of liberty.

 

            And underpinning it all will be a commitment to people, to the development of leaders to command the finest combat force in the world.  We're not going to take for granted American dominance in air and space power.  We're going to use every taxpayer dollar entrusted to us to train for it, to equip for it and to fight for it.

 

            My classmates will remember that small book of knowledge that cadets had to memorize all those years ago.  It was called Contrails.  And every service academy graduate has a copy, usually tattered in the bottom of some box in the garage.  And there are things from it each of us likely remember. 

 

            And each of us probably have something different that we remember from that book.  But for me, one that resonates over the years is probably appropriate for this time and this place down the hill from the home of Robert E. Lee, his historic home that now is at Arlington.

 

            Lee said, "Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language.  You should do your duty in all things.  You can never do more.  You should never wish to do less."  I know as airmen you will do your duty.  I will do my best to do my duty by all of you. 

 

            God bless you all.  And God bless the country that we love. (Applause.)

 

            STAFF:  Thank you, Secretary Wilson.

 

            Ladies and gentleman, please join us singing the Air Force song.

 

            -END-

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