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Jul 5, 2011

Panetta Pledges ‘No Hollow Force’ on His Watch


Panetta Pledges ‘No Hollow Force’ on His Watch

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2011 – New Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pledged there will be no hollow force on his watch.
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Leon E. Panetta takes the oath of office as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense during a Pentagon ceremony, July 1, 2011. Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson administered the oath in the secretary’s office. DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey 
  

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The secretary made the commitment in a message to the Defense Department released after he took the oath of office this morning. DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson administered the oath in the secretary’s office. Taking the oath transferred responsibility for the department from Robert M. Gates.
Panetta also pledged to be a tireless advocate for service members and their families. “You and your families will always be foremost on my mind and at the top of my agenda,” he said.
The secretary will not hesitate to do what needs to be done to defend America. He also will fight for the needs “of the men and women who serve in harm’s way, and the families who support them,” he said. “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.”



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