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Travels With Panetta

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

Middle East
July 2011
14,680 Miles Traveled

Afghanistan

Iraq

About the Secretary

Leon Edward Panetta was sworn in as the 23rd defense secretary on July 1, 2011. In the course of his duties, the secretary will travel 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's first trip. Biography

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