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Gates' First Trip
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, second from left, exits a blackhawk helicopter at Balad Air Base, Iraq to attend a meeting with Lt. Gen. Stan McChrystal, task force 88, to help assess the current situation in Iraq, Dec. 21, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
Gates to Brief Bush on Iraq Trip Findings
BAGHDAD, Dec. 22, 2006 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, on the last day of three-day visit to Iraq, said he would report his findings from this trip to President Bush as early as this weekend. Story
Embedded Trainers Pleased With Progress
BAGHDAD, Dec. 22, 2006 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today learned from a U.S. Army officer working closely with Iraqi forces that Iraqi units are gaining confidence in their abilities and are doing more to empower noncommissioned officers. Story | Transcripts | Video
Junior Enlisted, NCOs Share Advice
BAGHDAD, Dec. 21, 2006 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is here to ask tough questions of generals, diplomats and Iraqi leaders. But this morning, he asked some of the same questions to a different group of the people putting their lives on the line every day here: junior enlisted soldiers and Army noncommissioned officers. Story
Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, through his interpreter, center, during a meeting in Baghdad to discuss the current and future well-being of Iraq, Dec. 21, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
United States Firmly Behind Iraq
BAGHDAD, Dec. 21, 2006 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today assured the Iraqi people that the United States is firmly behind them and is working with their officials government to solve Iraq’s political, military and economic woes. Story | Transcripts
Nothing More Important Than Success
BAGHDAD, Dec. 20, 2006 – Succeeding in Iraq is the Defense Department’s top priority, newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, said here today. Story
 
Gates, Pace Laud Troops Far From Home
BAGHDAD, Dec. 22, 2006 – New Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today thanked U.S. troops and their families “for the sacrifices they’re all making and for their bravery in pursuit of our nation’s security.” Story
"What impressed me above all was the extraordinary quality of the American men and women that I met with . . . in terms of their willingness to say what they think, their commitment to the mission, their dedication, and their determination to be successful in this mission, and for this effort in Iraq to be successful."

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
Dec. 21, 2006
"I continue to be impressed with our U.S. military from the privates first class to the generals. They get it; they're focused. They know what they're doing is worthwhile. They want to see this mission to a successful conclusion."

Marine Gen. Peter Pace
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2006
U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes a photo with a soldier from the 1st Infantry Division at Camp Victory, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
Americans Need to Remember Troops
BAGHDAD, Dec. 20, 2006 – New Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, here on a surprise pre-Christmas visit, today urged Americans to remember military members and their families throughout the holiday season. Story
Fact Finding Mission Begins in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Dec. 20, 2006 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today on a surprise pre-Christmas visit to meet with troops, generals and Iraqi leaders in order to assess the situation on the ground. Story
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Gates, Qadir Hold Press Conference Gates Arrives in Iraq
Gates, Pace Meet Troops Gates En Route to Iraq
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace and Defense Secretary Robert Gates take a group photo with soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division after having a breakfast meeting at Camp Victory, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby Hi-Res Photo
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