Release No: NR-230-14
May 05, 2014
It is an honor to be confirmed as the 32nd deputy secretary of defense. I am humbled by the confidence President Obama and Secretary Hagel have placed in me and pledge to do everything possible to help maintain America's military edge. Ash Carter and Christine Fox both distinguished themselves while serving as deputy secretary and have left a legacy of excellence. I look forward to following in their footsteps and ensuring our service members, civilians and contractors have everything they need to protect our great nation and accomplish what we ask of them.