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Carter Kicks Off Force of the Future Initiative at High School Alma Mater

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter receives an enthusiastic greeting as he returns to his high school alma mater, Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., March 30, 2015. Carter, who graduated from the school in 1972, delivered remarks to students, kicking off a national discussion about building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, receives a welcome from a longtime friend as he visits Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., March 30, 2015. Carter chose his alma mater as the site for the kickoff speech for his " force of the future" initiative. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, receives a welcome from his high school physics teacher Samuel Roeder as he visits Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., March 30, 2015. Carter graduated from the school in 1972.  DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Kayla Roberts, a junior, welcomes Defense Secretary Ash Carter to the stage after her introductory remarks during a special assembly at Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., March 30, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Faculty members and school district officials applaud in the auditorium of Abington Senior High School as Defense Secretary Ash Carter takes the stage to deliver remarks in Abington, Pa., March 30, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter delivers remarks to the student body of Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., March 30, 2015.  DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
  • NBC News reporter Savannah Gutherie, left, interviews Defense Secretary Ash Carter in a science classroom at Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., March 30, 2015. Gutherie is the co-anchor of NBC's show "TODAY."  DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett