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Dempsey Emphasizes Trust as Selva Succeeds Fraser at Transcom

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 – Trust is at the core of any military, and U.S. Transportation Command is part of the glue of that trust, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said at the change of command at U.S. Transportation Command today

Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III passed the command flag to Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva during a ceremony on the parade field at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

“One of our military’s greatest strengths is that our people know … that when they ask for something, they’re going to get it,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “No matter the danger or the circumstance, they trust that what they need is on the way because it’s in the hands of Transportation Command.”

Dempsey told the men and women of Transportation Command that they are what make the U.S. military a global power, noting that once a combatant commander requests a capability, the men and women of Transcom deliver it. “That trust – even more than the materiel you deliver – makes us the strongest military that the world has ever known,” he said.

The chairman praised Fraser for his 40-year military career. “Regardless of the payload, the constant in your diverse career is that you’ve always delivered excellence,” he said. “Your leadership embodies all that we value in the profession: a commitment to the mission, to people, and to families … and to maintaining the delicate balance between mental, physical and spiritual strength.”

The general thanked the Frasers for their work on behalf of military families, especially for wounded warriors.

The chairman said he is pleased that Selva is moving into the job from the top post at Transcom’s Air Force component, Air Mobility Command. “You bring to Transcom a track record of excellence and a clear passion for the mission, the people and their families,” he said.

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