Secretary of Defense visits with San Antonio military

Secretary of Defense in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO -- Secretary of Defense, Ashton "Ash" B. Carter, spent the majority of Wednesday on three military installations in San Antonio.

He thanked service members for joining the force of the future and answered the question of the week: Are you ready for President-elect Donald Trump?

During a press conference with the media, Carter said The Pentagon staff is prepared to welcome President-elect Trump with open arms.

"We are ready to welcome President-elect Trump's transition team to the Defense Department. I'm committed to an orderly transition to our new commander-in-chief,” Secretary Carter said. “Today, we were looking at a number of ways that we were building the force of the future to make sure it is as fine as the force we have today."

Carter's first stop was Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where he sat in on training and thanked Air Force recruits for their service, paying close attention to what keeps our military strong.

"That means recruiting, it means training, it means retaining," Secretary Carter said. "It means taking care of service members."

Next up was Brooke Army Medical Center, where the secretary toured labs hosting innovative technology and advanced medical treatment.

"I had lunch with a number of wounded warriors, talked to them about their care and whether we were doing what we should do, which is take good care of them," Secretary Carter noted.

The final stop was JBSA-Randolph.

Carter sat in with instructor pilots from the 99th Flying Training Squadron in a T1 aircraft. It was an hour-long flight peeking over all military bases in San Antonio.

"All in all, so much going on here in San Antonio relevant to our force of today and our force of the future," Secretary Carter said. "I'm committed to that and I'm confident that our armed forces will remain what it is today, which is the best in the world."

(© 2016 KENS)


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