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Travels with Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense

June 2011

Special Video: One Last Time

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates embarked on his final journey visit to Afghanistan. Reuters photographer Jason Reed documented the trip where Gates thanked the troops one last time.

About the Secretary

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.

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Gates: NATO a Two-tiered Alliance

BRUSSELS, June 10, 2011 – NATO has turned into a two-tiered alliance of members who consume security and those who produce it, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Story

Gates Pleased with Progress
On Afghanistan, NATO Reform

BRUSSELS, June 9, 2011 – During their meetings, NATO defense ministers made substantial progress on Afghanistan and in calling on the alliance’s members to take up more of the burden of operations against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story

NATO Endorses Decision to Extend Libya Operation Through Early Fall

BRUSSELS, June 8, 2011 – NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said alliance defense ministers have endorsed the decision to extend Operation Unified Protector in Libya by 90 days. Story

Gates Says Coalition, Afghans
Can Turn Corner in Conflict

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 7, 2011 – “I leave Afghanistan today with the belief that if we keep this momentum up, we will deliver a decisive blow to the enemy and turn the corner on this conflict,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at the conclusion of his final trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary. Story

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