30 Jun '12, 1am

TRANSCRIPT: #SecDef and Chairman GEN @Martin_Dempsey briefed press today at the #Pentagon.

DOD News Briefing with Secretary Panetta and Gen. Dempsey from the Pentagon SECRETARY LEON E. PANETTA: Good afternoon. As you know, it's now been one year since I was sworn in as secretary of defense. It truly has been an honor for me to lead the men and women of this department, and to do so during a very historic time for the United States military and for the country. And I've been very fortunate to have an outstanding partner in the chairman, the vice chairman, all of the chiefs, the service secretaries and the combatant commanders, and all of my civilian leadership. Let me, if I can, recognize some of the highlights from the past year. Thanks to the leadership of the president, the commanders in the field, the Iraq war ended with the safe return of United States troops. We began a responsible drawdown of the U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, and we're making a tran...

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