Defense Secretary Leon Panetta message to DoD - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta message to DoD

The following is a message to the Department of Defense from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:

"Today, I was honored to take the oath of office to become the 23rd Secretary of Defense.   I am mindful of the great responsibility the President has entrusted to me, and I will work with you -- America's men and women in uniform and this Department's civilian employees -- as I lead the Department of Defense in its mission to protect our citizens and our nation's interests around the world.  My long career in public service began in the 1960s when I proudly donned the uniform of this country as a young Army intelligence officer.  In the decades since, my respect for the military has only grown stronger. 

"Bob Gates, my outstanding predecessor and good friend, has been a tireless advocate for our troops and their families, and I pledge to be the same.  You and your families will always be foremost on my mind and at the top of my agenda.  

"In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to visiting with troops and civilian employees of every rank and hearing your ideas, thoughts, and concerns.  As your leader, I will ensure that our nation continues to have the best-trained, best-equipped, and strongest military in the world – a force prepared to confront the challenges that face us.  As CIA Director, I saw first-hand the tremendous capabilities of our military, and I was always impressed by the professionalism and patriotism of the men and women of the Armed Forces. 

"Our nation is at war.  We must prevail against our enemies.  We will persist in our efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat Al Qaeda.  The successful operation that killed Osama Bin Laden -- a mission that showcased American military strength and precision -- is a major step toward that goal.  As we begin the transition in Afghanistan, we must remain committed to working closely with our Afghan and international partners to ensure that it never again becomes a safe haven for Al Qaeda and its militant allies.  As we continue our transition out of Iraq, we must cement a strategic relationship with the Iraqi government, one based not solely on our military footprint there but on a real and lasting partnership.  It is in America's interests to help Iraq realize its potential to become a stable democracy in a vitally important region in the world, and to reinforce that responsibility for the future security of Iraq must belong to the Iraqis themselves. 

"As Secretary of Defense, I will do whatever is necessary to protect America and to meet the needs of the men and women who serve in harm's way, and the families who support them.  Even as the United States addresses fiscal challenges at home, there will be no hollow force on my watch.  That will require us all to be disciplined in how we manage taxpayer resources.  Throughout my career in public service -- as a member of Congress, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, White House Chief of Staff, and, until yesterday, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency -- I have focused on achieving that balance.  I will continue that approach at the Pentagon.  We must preserve the excellence and superiority of our military while looking for ways to identify savings.  While tough budget choices will need to be made, I do not believe in the false choice between fiscal discipline and a strong national defense.  We will all work together to achieve both. 

"This July 4th weekend, we celebrate our independence, the freedoms we enjoy, and America's promise.  My parents, immigrants from Italy, came to the United States to seek a better life.  They taught me that it was important to give something back to the country they adopted.  I will never forget my father's words: "to be free, we must also be secure."  As Americans come together to commemorate what we and those before us have accomplished, and as I take on my new role, my thoughts are with you and your families.  You are making personal sacrifices to preserve our liberty, serving on front lines around the world.  You are fighting to keep America safe.  Rest assured that I will fight with you and for you. 
              
"May God bless you and the nation we serve."

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Phone lines down at Vinton Police Department

    Phone lines down at Vinton Police Department

    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 16:23:33 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Vinton Police Department's phone lines are down due to a lightning storm, according to Ricky Fox, police chief of VPD. Fox advises any Vinton residents with an emergency to call 911 directly. KPLC will notify the public once the lines are back up. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Vinton Police Department's phone lines are down due to a lightning storm, according to Ricky Fox, police chief of VPD. Fox advises any Vinton residents with an emergency to call 911 directly. KPLC will notify the public once the lines are back up. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Catching up with former KPLC senior reporter Flora Roberts

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:28 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:28:12 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...

    More >>

    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...

    More >>
  • Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:55:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
Powered by Frankly