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Travels With Panetta
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

December 2012
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Panetta Signs Order to Deploy 400 U.S. Personnel to Turkey

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment of Patriot missile capability there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. Story

Secretary Meets with Afghan Leaders

Over two days in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has met with U.S. and Afghan leaders in Kabul and in Kandahar, gathering information he says will help inform the decision President Barack Obama will soon make on troop levels there after 2014. Story

Obama, Karzai to Discuss U.S.
Future in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit Washington in January, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters in Kabul. Story

Panetta Arrives in Kabul to Thank Troops, Meet With Commanders

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is in Afghanistan to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends. Story

Secretary Meets With Kuwait’s
Amir, Stresses Relations

In a meeting with Kuwait’s amir in Kuwait City, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed strong confidence in the longstanding U.S.-Kuwaiti defense relationship and in the ability of the countries to work together to address common challenges. Story

Panetta: Kuwait Important U.S. Partner

On his first official visit to Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today that the nation is an important partner with a longstanding U.S. bilateral defense partnership. Story

About the Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Edward PanettaLeon Edward Panetta was sworn in as the 23rd defense secretary on July 1, 2011. In the course of his duties, the secretary will travel throughout the world visiting U.S. military forces in deployed locations and meeting with defense counterparts in allied and partner nations. Biography

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