I welcome the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Robert Work to serve as our next deputy secretary of defense. Bob is an admired and tested leader, with a distinguished career of public service, including during his time as an officer in the Marine Corps and as undersecretary of the Navy. He brings to this position a depth of experience, knowledge, and expertise that will greatly benefit the Department of Defense. I look forward to working closely with Bob to strengthen our defense enterprise and help safeguard America's security.
All of us at DoD owe a deep debt to Christine Fox, who stepped in to serve as the acting deputy secretary of defense during this period of transition.
I am grateful to Christine for her wise counsel, steady leadership, and her constant dedication to our men and women in uniform. She will be greatly missed.