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Dec. 5-10, 2010


In the course of his duties, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates travels throughout the world visiting U.S. military forces in deployed locations and meeting with defense counterparts in allied and partner nations. Here's a look at Secretary Gates' latest travels.

Statistics from the Secretary's Travels
Visited *
Travel Days
2007199,29933 (49)78428
2008116,21027 (34)54301
2010165,89125 (30)67372
TOTALS595,682104 (134)2441373

* The number in parentheses reflects the total number of locations visited for the year. This number is higher as it reflects multiple visits to countries already previously visited.


En Route to Washington

Gates Heads Back to Washington From Overseas

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Dec. 10, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is on his way back to Washington after visiting with deployed servicemembers, getting a ground-view perspective on operations in eastern and southern Afghanistan, and meeting with leaders in Oman, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates. Story

Gates Brings Deployed Soldiers Home

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Dec. 10, 2010 – As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates makes his way back to Washington from an overseas trip, he has some extra passengers aboard this Air Force E-4B: soldiers deployed to Afghanistan who are heading home on rest and recuperation leave to spend time with their families during the holiday season. Story

United Arab Emirates

Gates Meets With Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 9, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Abu Dhabi to meet with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nubayan and to discuss a range of bilateral and regional security issues. Story

Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

Gates Praises USS Lincoln’s Crew for War Contributions

MUSCAT, Oman, Dec. 6, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln for its support of the war effort in Afghanistan, as he toured the supercarrier off the coast of Oman. Story

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Gates Meets With Leaders in Oman, Plans Carrier Visit

MUSCAT, Oman, Dec. 5, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here to meet with the country’s monarch, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, and the sultan’s minister responsible for defense affairs. Gates’ visit to Oman also provides an opportunity to visit U.S. sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which is operating off Oman’s coast in the Arabian Gulf. Story

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