WASHINGTON, June 20, 2016 — It is an honor to welcome Army Secretary Eric Fanning to the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today, saying he is an experienced leader who is working to strengthen the force as it confronts evolving security challenges.

Carter congratulated Fanning during the new secretary’s official welcome ceremony today at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. Fanning was sworn in May 18 as the 22nd secretary of the Army.

“From his service in positions of responsibility on nonproliferation issues and weapons of mass destruction, to his proven leadership in resource management, Secretary Fanning understands the full spectrum of responsibilities and opportunities that we face as a 21st century military,” Carter said.

Fanning and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley recognize what must be done to ensure the Army remains strong and ready, Carter said. He complimented them with moving forward on key initiatives on the Defense Department’s efforts to build the force of the future.  

Fanning and Milley are working to strengthen the Army’s unparalleled ability forged over the last 15 years and longer to carry out its core mission “to seize, to hold, and to dominate physical and human terrain,” Carter explained.

“They aren’t resting on the current excellence of our Army; they’re doubling down on it, ensuring that our ground forces are agile, unrivaled in posture, ready for full spectrum operations, and…

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