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"Your charge, now, is not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."
- President Barack Obama | Speech | Story

"It's your time. You represent the best trained, most powerful, most courageous warriors in the history of the world."
- Vice President Joe Biden | Story

"And may you always be officers worthy not only of the people you lead but the nation you serve."
- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel | Speech | Story

"It's now your duty to 'get at it.' I trust that you will. I wish you good luck and God Speed."
- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey | Speech | Story

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Embrace Exceptional Leadership, Winnefeld Said

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has encouraged graduates of National Defense University to tackle modern-day global leadership challenges with boldness and caring. Story

Obama: America Must Continue to Lead

President Barack Obama addressed the U.S. Military Academy's graduating Class of 2014 in West Point, New York, emphasizing the importance of American global leadership and the cadets' role in the future of world affairs. Story

President Announces New Counterterrorism Fund

As U.S. troops move to a train-and-advise mission in Afghanistan, the reduced presence will allow the United States to address emerging threats in North Africa and the Middle East more effectively, President Barack Obama said in West Point, New York. Story

Biden: Air Force Academy Grads Face Challenges

Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy's Class of 2014 honed their leadership skills amid a culture of commitment and respect -- values they'll employ as they face the challenges of the future, Vice President Joe Biden told graduating cadets. Story

Hagel Addresses U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulated the future Navy and Marine Corps officers of the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2014, advising the graduates to connect with those they will lead, to understand different perspectives, and to stay humble. Story

Dempsey Urges VMI Graduates to 'Get At It'

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tied his May 16 commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington to the Battle of New Market that occurred during the Civil War. Story

Dempsey Urges Grads to 'Make it Matter'

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Duke University graduates the nation needs leaders of consequence who believe in themselves and in the exceptionalism of America. "No mediocrity, no bystanders, no ambivalence," Dempsey urged. " ... Make it matter." Story

Vice Chairman Addresses Graduates at Alma Mater Georgia Tech

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stepped up to the podium at his alma mater to talk to new Georgia Tech graduates about change, leadership and humility. Story

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