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In the course of his duties, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates travels throughout the world visiting U.S. military forces in deployed locations and meeting with defense counterparts in allied and partner nations. Here's a look at Secretary Gates' latest travels.

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Strong Military is Key to Long-term U.S. Success, Gates Says

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2011 – The ultimate guarantee against success of aggressors, dictators and terrorists in the 21st century is the size, strength and global reach of the United States military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a commencement audience at the University of Notre Dame. Story

Gates Keeps Promise to Open Elementary School at Fort Riley

FORT RILEY, Kan., May 20, 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates returned to Fort Riley, Kan., to deliver on a promise he made last year to open a new elementary school there. Story

Secretary Urges Careful
Thought in Spending Reductions

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo., May 19, 2011 – Finding $400 billion in additional defense spending reductions over the next 12 years will require careful thought that considers the risks the reductions create, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Story

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Travel Statistics

YearIntl.
Miles
Countries
Visited*
Travel
Days
Hours
Flown
20069,2001 (1)425
2007199,29933 (49)78428
2008116,21027 (34)54301
2009105,08218 (20)41245
2010165,89125 (30)67372
TOTALS595,682104 (134)2441373

* The number in parentheses reflects the total number of locations visited for the year. This number is higher as it reflects multiple visits to countries already previously visited.

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