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Carter Calls Strategic Command ‘Bedrock’ of U.S. Defense At Change of Command

The U.S. Department of Defense reports that ” U.S. Strategic Command remains the bedrock of American security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today during the organization’s change-of-command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.”

“Carter officiated as Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney handed the flag to Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten. The secretary praised the men and women of the command for their efforts, and said that funding and resources are on the way to ensure the nuclear mission remains viable.”

“’America’s nuclear deterrence remains the bedrock of our security, which all of you ensure here at Stratcom,’ Carter said. ‘As you do so, you manage uncertainty, prepare for change, and perform your duties with the unparalleled excellence we expect of you. I couldn’t be prouder of what you’ve accomplished. And you’ve done all this thanks to the wisdom and leadership of Admiral Haney.”