POSTED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 6:07pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 6:22pm
Carter thanks Soldiers for their service
Fort Bliss (U.S. Army) — Rarely do Soldiers have the opportunity to meet an Army leader from the nation’s capital who makes command decisions. Fort Bliss hosted the Deputy Secretary of Defense of the United States, Dr. Ashton Carter, Monday.
More than 150 Soldiers of 1st Armored Division stood and listened to a brief speech given by the second in command of the Defense Department. Speaking from the motor pool of 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st AD, Carter expressed his gratitude and admiration for the Soldiers gathered before him.
“Thank you, thank you for the things you have done,” Carter said.
Carter said his time in Washington working with three different secretaries of defense, has been to change attitudes in support of efforts overseas.
“The troops are at war and the Pentagon is not,” said Carter. “I’ve tried very hard to change all that.”
Carter discussed the expectations for the Army moving forward, becoming one of the most adaptive fighting forces in the world.
“We asked you to do it and you took on things that no military in the world ever came close to accomplishing,” said Carter. “That tells me that the Army will be up to anything that the future holds.”
Carter also voiced his displeasure over the state of affairs in Washington, especially how the government shutdown affected military preparedness. He also stated senior leadership in D.C. is doing all they can to get the military through these uncertain times.
Carter ended his visit by passing out coins as he inspected several vehicles.