Hagel Meets With Strategic Command Junior Officers
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 Following the U.S. Strategic Command change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with junior officers responsible for carrying out the nation’s nuclear enterprise mission.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel conducts a luncheon with junior officers on Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb., Nov. 15, 2013. Hagel met with the officers to hear their opinions on their services and the current direction of the military. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
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“Secretary Hagel values meeting with junior military personnel to hear directly about the challenges facing the future of the force,” Carl Woog, assistant Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement summarizing the meeting.
“The officers discussed with Secretary Hagel many of the unique requirements and standards they meet in managing personnel and equipment involved with their nuclear mission,” Woog added.
Hagel told the junior officers that Stratcom is responsible for the military's most sensitive and important missions, Woog said, and that the nation is counting on all personnel, at all levels, to maintain the highest standards of conduct in performing these duties.
“Secretary Hagel noted that the United States of America places a great deal of trust and confidence in junior officers to ensure our nuclear forces remain fully capable and ready at all times,” the assistant press secretary said. “He said he looks forward to seeing them rise through the ranks to become future leaders of the joint force.”
The officers represented all three legs of the nuclear triad and several Strategic Command facilities, including Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Minot Air Force Base, N.D.; Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; and a number of ballistic missile submarines, Woog said.