08 Mar '13, 4pm

#SecDef Hagel wrote a message for the #troops and ISAF personnel in #Afghanistan:

This is my fifth trip to Afghanistan, but my first trip as the United States Secretary of Defense. Over the course of my visit, I look forward to meeting many of you and seeing the extraordinary work that you are accomplishing every day. Whether you are in combat, logistics, medical support or intelligence, whether you are working in a headquarters or going out on patrol, whether you are on the ground or in the air, your contributions to the fight are invaluable. What you are doing here in Afghanistan will help ensure that al Qaeda does not re-establish the safe haven they had before September 11, 2001. You are working under stressful and difficult conditions, and you have my profound gratitude, and the gratitude of the American people, for your service and your sacrifices. You have my full support, and I will do everything I possibly can to help you succeed and come home ...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1756

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