Defense Secretary visits JBLM Friday

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will visit Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday.

During his visit Secretary Carter will receive updates on the important capabilities of units based at JBLM whose posture and power projection capabilities play a pivotal role in DOD’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

.     He will visit the Washington Air National Guard’s 252nd Cyber Operations Group. The group is currently preparing to establish initial operational capability. It’s one of 133 teams to be established across the Department, to defend DOD networks, systems, and information.

Carter will visit a joint Air Force and Army capabilities static display featuring a C-17 Globemaster III, a Stryker vehicle, a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) vehicle, and vehicles and equipment from the 1st Air Support Operations Group and the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron.

.     Afterwards, he will visit I Corps Headquarters for an update and  discussion on Pacific Pathways. Pathways is the U.S. Army Pacific’s premier method to build readiness from tactical through Theater levels. Pacific Pathways capitalizes on multiple training opportunities in several countries  with partner militaries over a three to four month period.

.     Carter will meet with about a hundred Service members at a Troop Event, thank them for their service, and give them an update on current DOD  issues.

A 15-minute press conference is scheduled to follow the Troop Event.

This is Secretary Carter’s first visit to JBLM since being sworn in as the  25th Secretary of Defense in February 2015.

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