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Defense Secretary Ash Carter travels to U.S. bases to update the counter-ISIL campaign and attend the U.S. Southern Command change-of-command ceremony.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter outlined three military objectives for the coalition's campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in a speech at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016.
Carter, Dunford Discuss Anti-ISIL Campaign at Centcom
Carter Visits U.S. Central Command
Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography
Further accelerating pressure to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists is highlighting discussions with top military leaders at U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a news conference. Story
Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd took command of U.S. Southern Command during a ceremony at Southcom’s headquarters in Miami, succeeding Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, who is retiring after four decades of service. Story
Delivering a lasting defeat to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant must be a global effort, and coalition partners and others must step up their contributions to the escalating fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech to soldiers preparing for deployment at Fort Campbell, Ky. Story
U.S. Southern Command is one of the nation's six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.