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Texas Tour – September 2009
United States

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates tours the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production facility with Lockheed Martin President Robert Stevens, right, and Vice President Ralph Heath, left, in Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 31, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen

Gates to MC-12 Aircraft Workers:
Your Work is Saving Troops' Lives

GREENVILLE , Texas, Aug. 31, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave a pep talk to employees outfitting the MC-12 Liberty aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, telling them their work is saving lives on the battlefield. Story

Gates Explains Opposition
To Alternate F-35 Engine

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2009 – A proposed alternative engine for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter would cost far more than the existing engine and push back the production timetable, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story

Gates Touts F-35 as Heart
Of Future Combat Aviation

FORT WORTH , Texas , Aug. 31, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter factory, assessing progress on what he called “the heart of the future of our tactical combat aviation.” Story | Transcript | Video

Severely Wounded Warrior Inspires Gates, Accepts Key to New Home

CYPRESS, Texas, Aug. 31, 2009 – Hundreds of people arrived at the home of retired Marine Capt. Dan Moran, a warrior severely wounded in Iraq, to see Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates present him the keys to his new home on behalf of the Helping a Hero organization. Story

Photo Essays

Joint Strike Fighter

Wounded Warrior Gets a Home