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Secretary of Defense Visits Guam

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080606-04
Release Date: 6/6/2008 6:10:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Eric Rosario, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Public Affairs

YIGO, Guam (NNS) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense, (SECDEF) Robert Gates, arrived at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) to speak with military leaders, Guam officials and service members, May 30.

Gates began his visit by meeting informally with a group of service members representing all branches of the U.S. military inquiring about their jobs, their commands, and their perspective on the military.

Gates also reenlisted two Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and an Airman from the 734th Air Mobility Squadron.

Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (AW) Reynaldo Aurellano, Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Jonathan Smith, and Senior Airman David N. Wood II, took the oath of enlistment at the 734th Air Mobility Squadron Air Terminal.

During his visit, Gates spent time with military and government officials to discuss the military's growth, the relationship the military enjoys with Guam, and each of the services' missions in the Pacific Theater.

Gates made Guam his first stop on a week-long trip to Asia, his fourth to the region since becoming defense secretary 17 months ago.

He also attended a regional security conference in Singapore, and confered with defense officials in Thailand and South Korea.

"The importance of our partnership as we move forward is paramount; clearly the people of Guam have been very hospitable to our military forces for a very long time, and we want to keep that relationship strong as we go forward and deal with issues associated with the military growth, and we want to do this in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the people of Guam," said Gates.

For more news from U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, visit www.navy.mil/local/guam/.

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