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no person who has held the office of president for more than two years of the term, to which some other person was elected president shall be elected to the office of the president what he wants. >> for complete american history tv schedule, go to >> next, leaders of the armed forces honor president obama at the farewell ceremony. president obama spoke at the event to thank the troops and their families for their service. this event from joint based hall in virginia is one hour ten minutes.
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>> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, with welcome to today's armed forces farewell tribute honoring brock obama,a, the 44th president of the united states. ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the arrival of the official party and remain standing as honors are rendered. taking their position is ashton d carter, secretary of defense, accompanied, accompanied by the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, joseph f dunford. ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. >>
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♪ the troops representing america's armed forces and participating in today's review from left to right, are the united states army drum corps, the the united states army band under the direction of timothy j holton. elements of the armed forces include the presidential marching platoon from the army'a third united states third infantry regiment. the honor guard from marine barracks, the colors have always been one of the most important element of a military unit. at the center of our formation is an armed forces color guard, bearing the color guards of the army, marine corps, navy and coast guard. y the following is an element from the honor guard from navy yard washington d.c. the nextep element online is comprised of the honor guard. following is an element of the united states coast guard honor
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guard from alexandria, and to the rear of the formation are the 56 states and territorial flags of the united states. ♪ ♪ ♪
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[background sounds]d pub >> the department of defense medal for distinguished service is presented to president barack obama. president barack obama distinguished himself as the commander in chief as the finest fighting force the world has ever known from january 20, 2009 until january 20, 2017. president obama kept our safe, but a strategic defense and strengthen our alliances and pursued new partnership and laid the foundation for force of a future that will continue to win our nation's wars. president obama countered decisively the most immediate threat to our national security. terrorism. he directed the operation to kill osama bin laden, decimated al qaeda terrorist network and put the other islamic state of iraq on a path to defeat and counterterrorism platforms from south asia to north africa. he did so relentlessly, effectively and with
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transparency and strict accordance with our values, simultaneously, he achieved verifiable nuclear disarmament of iran, the gravest threat to security in the middle east. while countering player reparation abroad, he directed recapitalization our vitally important nuclear deterrent here at home. as he neutralized immediate threats to our security, the transition in our defense strategy. he implemented a rigorous intellectual policy and legal framework to guide the most solemn decision that a commander-in-chief makes, to deploy and employ our men and women in uniform.ments he supported strategic investments to perpetuate our t military at sea.lishin with missile defenses and in space and cyber domains, including including by establishing the united states cyber command. in so doing, he led the transformation of the united states military from over a decade of counterinsurgency to a
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full-spectrum fighting force. critically, he directed the united states rebalance to the asia-pacific. the most confidential region for america's future. president obama also recognized that security in the world cannot be america's responsibility alone. he strengthened our alliances and pursued new partnerships. in europe he led the adaptation of nato to continue itsti commitment to stable afghanistan and to counter threats to europe's east and south.sence in particular, president obama directed the bolstering of our allied military presence in europe and reestablishing of the deterrence against russian aggression. in asia, he modernized our alliances with japan and korea. he strengthened the cornerstone of security in east asia and deterring threats from north korea. in the middle east, he strengthened israel's qualitative military edged including, with an unprecedented package of foreign militarying funding, but in an ever-changing world, president obama recognize that america's relationship must also change. c he directed the advancement of
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new strategic partnerships including the unprecedented deepening of the united states india partnership. in all of this, president obama obama recognized that the source of america's greatest strength, including its military strength, is its people. s to ensure that the united states military stays the best, he understood that we must continue to attract, recruit, maintain, developed and transition the best talent that our nation haso to offer.ning his repealing of the don't ask, don't tell policy, and his and his support for opening all military occupation and positions to women will help ensure that.m to c he also championed advanced research and an innovative program to care for our nation's wounded warriors. and lead efforts to help make veterans make transition to civilian life. these and other distinguished accomplishments of president obama reflect great credit upon
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himself, the department of defense and the united states of america. [applause] [applause] [applause] [background sounds] [background sounds]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, general dunford. us >> mr. pres., vp biden, sec. carter, distinguished guest, thank you once again for joining us as we pay tribute to our commander-in-chief and the obama family. mr. pres., i had the distinct honor today of representing your soldiers and sailors, airmen, k marines and coast guardsmen. as you know better than most, those men and women are busy. thousands are deployed across the globe meeting our alliance
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commitments and deterring potential adversaries. they're taking the fight to the islamist state, al qaeda and other extremist organizations. they are maintaining freedom and navigation in the defending us from threats in space and cyberspace. throughout your time innner o o, we often heard you express youro appreciation for their service and their sacrifice. leade but this afternoon, mr. pres., i want to express our appreciation for your leadership and honor your service as our commander-in-chief for the past eight years. mr. pres., we have been at war throughout your tenure. that is a period longer than any other american president. throughout those years, you have always been there for us. room when i personally witnessed your thoughtful and careful deliberations when ordering our young men and women in harm's way. you were there wherever it was the plate, ensuring that our men and women had the guidance and support necessary to get the job done. you were there in the holiday's meeting with troops and calling them around the world to simply say thank you. you were there when our wounded warriors returned home to heal.o
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your constant visits were without fanfare or ceremony but always marked with heartfelt words, hugs from mom's and more often not, a few lunges and push-ups from alongside those who are trying to recover. finally mr. president, you were there at dover air force base to receive the remains of theo fallen and you were there to visit them in arlington. i could go on, but let me share a few sentiments from the menme and women you have touched as a leader. mr. president, and first lady think you both for your tireless dedication to our nation.p president obama you showed an example for us all as a statesman, a father and a husband. currently deployed to iraq told me how much he appreciated your call on christmas day to say thank you for his sacrifice and tha
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i met with him a few hours after your call and he was still pretty pumped up after that call. i was a bit disappointed because after your phone call that morning, a visit from the chairman of the joint chief and his enlisted leader actually didn't carry much weight. actu [laughter] major matt lanford made the following comment about your hospital visit. when i met the president i was just regaining the ability to walk.bility i had some days that were toughs i had some days of doubt, but shaking hands of president obama and having a conversation with him with something that will f stick with me forever. given the responsibilities that he shoulders, president obama's thoughtfulness and common touch are pretty inspiring. they describe what your support for educational benefits as a senator and a president has meant to his family.ost if it wasn't for the post- 911 jihad bill, -- g.i. bill we couldn't have afforded to send our son to college. he just graduated and i'm proud that he is on commission for the
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u.s. air force. while i wish he was going into, the army, while i wish he was going in the army, i am incredibly proud that he will be the first military officer in my family's history. they commented on the impact of your support to military spouses. like most public school teachers, my wife doesn't earn all that much, but she loves being a teacher. because of the military spouses residency relief act that president obama signed into lawf my family saves thousands of dollars. year that would otherwise have to pay just because she is chosen to move with me across state lines from duty station to duty station. on the lighter side, captain alex who is in flight surgeon is also a big fan he said i'm glad to have started my service under such a charismatic and cool commander-in-chief who can also play ball and sing a mean al green. i can't witness that. i've not had the opportunity of that in a situation room but i'll take you his word for it.
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mr. president, on behalf of of corporal dennis, major lanford, sergeant norris and all of our men and women in uniform, we recognize and appreciate your service, your sacrifice, your commitment to the force and your leadership. of course, just as military families serve, so has the obama family. while.e.e t while unable to join us afternoon, mrs. obama and mrs. mrs. biden has made a lasting impact. they significantly expanded veteran job placement and educational opportunities. the first lady's legal advice ao and tireless advocacy for military working spouses, making careers more transportable for spouses who move every few years.a in fact, the entire obama family has served and it would be impossible to sum up all ofll their contributions this m
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afternoon, so in closing i will simply say, sasha and melia, thanks for sharing your mom and dad with us and the nation. mrs. obama, thank you for improving the lives of our families and veterans and thanks for representing our nation with such class. mr. president, thank you for being a commander-in-chief that we have been proud to follow. thank you for your confidence in me and all the senior leaderss who have had this village to serve on your watch. and now ladies and jeremy, it is my privilege to introduce another individual who has made a lasting impact on our joint force, and someone we have beeno proud to follow, our secretary of defense carter. [applause] >> thank you chairman dunford
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for that tribute to the president and the first lady's commitment to our troops and our families. mr. president, mr. vice president, the department of defense leadership, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, and gentlemen, welcome. as the department honors our commander-in-chief.his of eight critical years for one final time. this afternoon i would like to do so by speaking to those aspects of his service and commitment to our national av defense that have been so striking. con it will be so memorable. each one, a constant throughout his tenure. he his focus to teach it leadership, his steps to strengthen our force both in its people and capabilities, and his decision-making. through it all, president obama has led our military with an appreciation that america's
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defense is so vital that we, to whom it is entrusted must ensure its continuity and excellence across the years and across the domains of our armed conflict. not just air land and sea but also space and cyberspace, across parties, across government agencies, from strategic error to strategic era and from presidential administration to presidential administration. he has done so, not only for the past eight years, but even today as we prepare for a new f administration, we are following the president's leadership and ensuring a smooth and orderly transition. ensur our military is a global force, one that president obama has steadfastly and strategically led in every region of the world to ensure the men and women of the strongest and most principan fighting force in history,
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effectively defend our country, deter our adversaries, bolster our alliances and partnerships, and partnerships, and make a better world for our children. in the asia-pacific, president obama has sustained a comprehensive rebalance of military power to that region, the single most consequential one for america's future. repos there, we are repositioning 60% of naval forces including some of our most advanced new systems. we are strengthening and modernizing key alliances and partnerships with japan and south korea, india, vietnam, australia and many others. in europe, following russia's illegal annexation of crimea and use of hybrid warfare techniques, president obama has stood strong with our nato allies and letting united response to deter russian aggression, advancing u.s. presence and implementing a new playbook so nato can adapt against 21st century threats.
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in the middle east, president obama secured preventing iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, removing a key key source of danger in the region. as we continue to monitor their other destabilizing activity, he has also strengthened defense relationships with all of our key regional partners. for example, providing our ally israel unprecedented security assistance and advance capability across around the world, in the face of terrorist threats from al qaeda to al-shabaab and kiesel, president obama has led the most robust counterterrorism in american history. he supported the development and acceleration of the coalition military campaign plan, focused on destroying the fact and the
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idea of an islamic state based on this evil italy ideology in iraq and syria. countering their metastases everywhere they emerge, and most most importantly, protecting our homeland and our people. in addition to countering kiesel, he has taken action to ensure afghanistan does noteo become a safe haven for terrorist threats in america. he has directed eight years of unrelenting strikes on al qaeda to devastate that terrorist organization both before and after bringing osama bin laden to justice. he has built a counter terrorism that has thwarted plots against our homeland, and he did all of this consistent with our values because our president knows, as' he has put it that we loseise te ourselves when we compromise the very ideals we fight to defend.
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we are stronger in our people and our capabilities to meet those ambitious but necessary commitments. indeed, our president knows very well that the single factor above all others that makes the u.s. military the finest is its people. some represented here today. far more are around the world. e president obama has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of our force making sure our service members get what they need, not only when it comes to training and equipment, but also important benefits critical to recruitment and retention, like paternity and paternity leave. he has helped keep sacred the wounded warriors, the families families of the fallen, the military families and veterans. he has made sure our people are treated with dignity and honor in the profession of arms.
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by supporting dod efforts to improve suicide efforts and reduce sexual assaults. he is helping ensure the long-term viability of what is, after all, an all volunteerer force, recruited in comparatively small numbers from the entire american population, recognizing we have to compete for top talent, and that you have the best, we must select the best solely on theirn qualifications to meet our standards but not race, gender, identity or sexual orientation,i rather focusing only on whether someone can meet our standards. he has also supported veterans in their transition to whatevero is next for them, whether it'so earning a droop greek, finding a job or starting a business. i know how much that matters is i am old enough to remember a shameful time when our veterans were treated very differently.
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after our people, it's america's he military edge second to none. president obama has sharpened that as well. he always asks, are we lookingou around the corner to ensure we not only anticipate the changinf nature of warfare and future threats, but also stay ahead of them and take full advantage of new technology. under his leadership, dod began returning full-spectrum capability in the army and marine corps. for many years of skillful but all absorbing focus on counter insurgency deployments. we grew the size and our navy and drove forward the development of new fighters, bombers and tankers to the air force. we increased funding forwe innovative technologies in r&d, and notably critical domains like space, cyber and electronic warfare, all of this amidst he's
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persistence of uncertainty. even as president obama has work toward a world without nuclear weapons, he has also ensured the american, the united states maintains a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent for as long as these weapons exist. finally, from the vantage of someone who has worked for 11 defense secretaries over 35t years under both democratic and republican presidents, and helping secretary and myself, id want to offer some perspective on the nature and the quality of president obama's leadership and decision-making as our commander-in-chief. it is often most appreciated byw those who have had signed deployment orders, who have been to bethesda and walter reed and know the decisions he makes have consequences.. most americans don't get to see how president obama makes decisions about our national security.
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let me give you a window to what it's like when we meet in the situation room or the oval to begin with, he is steady,el deliberate, rigorous and demanding of himself and of us. always reflecting thehe seriousness with which he approaches the grave responsibilities of the presidency. throu he makes us think through the consequences of our proposed course of action as thoroughly as that can be pristine. he always focuses first and fixedly on our northstar, america's national interest. i've been grateful, but i've always gotten a full hearing for my views and recommendations. in my observation, chairman dunford always did us well. president obama valued not only my strategic advice and his other advisers but also candid
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professional military advice. he was always willing to listen to what we had to say, even even if i knew it wasn't something he wanted to hear.ed president obama also knows it's not only whether the decisions made are good that matters. but also whether they are implemented with excellence. it's a management style that's where rare among policymakers in washington. whether it was accelerating counter rifle campaign, stoppina the spread of a bola or rebalancing the asia-pacific, he is always insisted on getting the job done right to the end. he never hesitates to ask hard questions and keep asking until there is an answer. that's not only because --jectie [inaudible]all >> he wants to make sure that all our soldiers, sailors cama untran, airmen and marine had what they needed to do their job
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that kind of commitment means a lot to our troops. i've seen that up close as well. many times i visited service members on bases after the president stopped by, after he has visited with them. no matter how much time has passed, the whether he visited the week before, the month before or the year before, they remember the genuineness of president obama. they can feel, as only young troops can the unending concern he has for men and women in uniform and their families and the boundless care of which he makes decisions that put them in harm's way. over the course of eight years, president obama's level of dedication and mastery of his responsibility has been it is difficult for anyone to imagine the toll of never beingo able to unplug from their duties in their states for that long. all the while being a gracious
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and inspiring example, and all the while helping to raise two daughters. it's impossible to imagine a man carrying more, although, mr. president, for this and more i have been proud to serve as your secretary of defense. for me in and the entire defense department, thank you in full magnitude for your leadership, your support and your devotion to our country country. may you begin to feel a great weight lifted off your shoulder. may you feel the gratitude of the nation at your back, may gob bless you and your family, and may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> ladies and gentlemen, theni president of the united states, barack obama. [applause]
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[applause] >> thank you so much thank you good afternoon turns out these are easier when they're talking about someone else. at moments like this, i think oe all the times that i have stood before our men and women in uniform, commissioning our presi officers, residing over promotions, presenting the commander-in-chief trophy to the best football team in the military, i will let you argue over that one, i have never taken sides.
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secretary carter, i could not be more for your gracious words, but more importantly for your outstanding leadership, across, as you you noted, more than three decades, and all of my presidency. you have always given me your best strategic counsel, you have made sure that we were investing in innovation for the long-terme and a strong force for the future. as a physicist, ash is also one of the few people who understand how our systems work and i know our troops and families are grateful for the compassion you and stephanie have shown them over the years. to you on your family, on behalf of all of us, thank you for you outstanding service. :
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>> general dunford, we've relied on you as commandant of the marine corps, now as our nation's highest ranking military officer, i thank you and the entire joint chiefs for the unvarnished military advice you've always provided to me, for your dedication, for your because of you, because of this team, our armed forces are more integrated and better prepared across domains, a truly joint force. which is why, as a white sox fan, i can overlook the factan that you love the red sox. moreover, on a personal note, outside of your professional qualities, you are a good man,
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and i am grateful to have worked with you. and thank ellyn for allowing you to do this. [applause] to members of congress, vice president biden who, along with jill, has known the love and the pride and the sacrifice of a military family. a to deputy secretary work, service secretaries, distinguished guests, dedicated civilians from across the defense department, my nationaly security team, most of all, our men and women in i thank you for this honor, and for the warmth and respect that you've always shown me, the
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support that you've shown michelle and our daughters during these past eight years. and so, although i recognize listening to praise directed in large part to me, i want to turt the tables, i am stillles. commander-in-chief, so i get to do what i want to do, and i want to thank you. i of all the privileges of this office, and there are many, if will miss air force one, i wille miss marine one. [laughter] but i can stand before you today and say that there has been no greater privilege, and no greater honor, than serving as the commander-in-chief of the greatest military in the history of the world. [applause] when i took office, i noted that presidents and those of you in a
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uniform swear a similar oath, ti protect and defend this country and the constitution that weis cherish. by stepping forward and volunteering, by raising your right hand and taking that oathu each of you made a solemn pledge. you committed yourself to a lift of service and of sacrifice. and i, in turn, made a promise to you, which, to the best of my abilities, i've tried to upholdd every single day since, that i w way when it is absolutely necessary, with the strategy, the well-defined goals, with the equipment and the support that you needed to get the job done. because that's what you rightfully expect and that iss what you rightfully deserve. i made that pledge at a time
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when less than one percent of t americans wear the uniform. fewer americans know someone who serves. and as a result, a lot ofot americans don't see the on sacrifices you make on our behalf. but as commander-in-chief, i do. i've seen it when i looked intof the eyes of young cadets,ry knowing that my decisions couldo very well send them into harm's way. i've seen it when i've visited the field, at bagram and baghdad, far from your families, risking your lives so that weves can live ours safely and in w freedom. and so you've inspired me, and i have been humbled by you h consistently. and i want every american to know what i know, through year after year after year of
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continuous military operations, you have earned your place among the greatest generations. the list of accomplishments thad joe and ash so generously mentioned, they're because of you. it's what i tell my staff. i'm the front man, but you're the ones doing the work. because of you, our alliances are stronger, from europe to thr asia pacific. stron because of you, we surged in afghanistan, trained afghanged forces to defend their country, while bringing most of ourd troops home.g most today our forces serve there on a more limited mission, becausen we must never again allow afghanistan to be used for a safe haven in attacks against our nation.our it's because of you,
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particularly our remarkable rema special forces, that the core al qaeda leadership that attacked t us on 9/11 has been decimated.t countless terrorist leaders, has including osama bin laden, are gone. from south asia to africa, wee have forged partnerships to go after terrorists that threaten us. t because of you, we are leading e global coalition against isil. these terrorists have lost about half of their territory. they are losing their leaders. towns and cities are being liberated. and i have no doubt this barbaric terrorist group will bh destroyed, because of you.will you've shown that when it comes to fighting terrorism, we can bh strong and we can be smart. not by letting our forces get dragged into sectarian conflicts and civil wars, but with smart,i sustainable, principled
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partnerships. that's how we've brought most os our troops home, nearly 180,0000 troops in iraq and afghanistan 0 down to 15,000 today. that's how, even as we've suffered terrible attacks here at home, from boston to orlando, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully a planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eighm years. because of you, the world has seen the awesome reach of american armed forces. in some of the first few weeksir of my job, when somali pirates took captain phillips, later on, when they kidnapped jessica buchanan, it was you that went in and you that risked
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everything, and you that broughd these americans home to their families. the world has seen your compassion, the help you delivep in times of crisis, from an cri earthquake in haiti to the tsunami in japan. think of ebola and the countless lives this armed forces saved in west africa. it was you that set up the architecture and set the example for the world's response. one woman in west africa said, we thanked god first and then we thanked america second for caring about us. that's the difference you make, you continue to make, in the lives of people around thehe world. as you know well, with service comes great sacrifice. and after 15 years of war, our
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wounded warriors bear the scars, both seen and unseen. in my visits to their bedsides and rehab centers, i have been in awe, watching a wounded warrior grab his walker and pull himself up and, and through excruciating pain, take a step, and then another. or hearing troops describe how they grappled with post-traumatic stress but summoned the strength to ask for help. but as a military and as a nation, we have to keep supporting our resilient and incredibly strong wounded warriors as they learn to walk and run and heal. as they find new ways to keepp serving our nation, they need to know that we still need your incredible talents. you've given so much to america, and i know you have more to give.
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and then you have not seen the e depths of true love and true loe patriotism until you've been to dover, when our troops receive our fallen heroes on their finae journey home, until you have grieved with our gold starfami families who've given a piece or their heart to our nation, a son or a daughter, a father or mother, a husband or wife, ar brother or a sister. every one a patriot. every single one of these american families deserves the everlasting gratitude and support of our entire nation.
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today, after two major groundd wars, our armed forces have drawn down, and that is natural and it is necessary. natur and after reckless budget cuts of sequester, we need to keep an improving the readiness, and the training, and modernizing our forces. so let me take this opportunityd while i still have it, to appeae to our friends from congress who are here. f we cannot go back to sequestration. there is a responsible way way forward, investing in america's strengths, our national securit, and our economic security.nd investing in the reform and the equipment and support that our troops need, including the pay and the benefits, and the quality of life, and the the troops and our veterans and alll of your families deserve. but make no mistake, even with
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the challenges of recent years, and there have been challenges, our allies and adversaries aliks understand america's military f capable fighting force on the face of the earth. our army, tested by years of combat, is the best-trained andb best-equipped land force on the planet. our navy is the largest and mosn lethal in the world, on track to surpass 300 ships. our air force, with its precision and reach, is unmatched. our marine corps is the world's only truly expeditionary force. our coast guard is the finest in the world. and we're also the best because this military has come to welcome the talents of more of our fellow americans.
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service members can now servervs the country they love without t hiding who they are or who they love. all combat positions in ourn military are now open to women. and joe biden and i know that women are at least as strong as men. stronger we're stronger for it.military it's one of the reasons that our military stands apart as the most respected institution in our nation by a mile. [applause] the american people look up to you and your devotion to duty, and your integrity, and your sense of honor, and your commitment to each one of my proudest achievements
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is that i have been able to, i think, communicate through the constant partisan haze, along th this institution is, and the esteem in which our military is held has held steady and constant and high throughout my presidency. h and i'm very grateful for that. because you remind us that we are united as one team. at times of division, you've shown what it means to pull together. so my days as your commander-in-chief are coming to an end, and as i reflect on thee challenges we have facedhat together and on those to come, i
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believe that one of the greatest tasks before our armed forces is to retain the high confidence that the american people rightls place in you.dence this is a responsibility not simply for those of you in uniform, but for those who lead you. it's the responsibility of our entire nation. and so we are called to remember core principles. that we must never hesitate to act when necessary to defend our nation, but we must also never rush into war, because sending a you into harm's way should be a last and not first resort.last a it should be compelled by the needs of our security and not our politics. we need to remember that we must not give in to the false illusion of isolationism,illusi because in this dangerous time, oceans alone will not protect us, and the world still seeks and needs our leadership as the
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one indispensable nation. we have to remember that our military has to be prepared for the full spectrum of threats,l conventional and unconventionali from 20th century-style ag aggression to 21st century-style cyber threats. and when we do go to war, we g have to hold ourselves to high standards and do everything in h our power to prevent the loss of innocent life, because that's what we stand for. for. that's what we should stand for. we have to remember that as we meet the threats of our time, we cannot sacrifice our values orfr our way of life, the rule of law and openness and tolerance that defines us as americans, that ih our greatest strength and makes us a beacon to the world. we cannot sacrifice the very freedoms that we're fighting for.
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and finally, in our democracy, the continued strength of our all-volunteer force also rests on something else, a strong bond of respect and trust between those in uniform and the citizens that you protect and defend. at a time when too few americans truly understand the realities or sacrifices of militaryary service, at a time when many political leaders have not served, if some in the military begin to feel as though somehow they are apart from the larger society they serve those bonds can fray. as every generation learns anew, freedom is not free. and so while less than 1% of americans may be fighting our
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wars, 100% of americans can do their parts, at the very least, to support you and your families. everybody can do something, every business, every profession, every school, every, community, every state, to reach out and to give back, and to let you know that we care, to help make the lives of our troops ano your families just a little bit just everybody can do something. and that's why michelle and jill biden have mobilized moree americans to honor and support you and your families through joining forces. and that's why, even after we leave the white house, michelle. and i intend to keep on looking for ways to help rally more of our fellow citizens to be there for you, just like you've always been there for us. so we can't say it enough and we can't show it enough. it thank you for your patriotism.ou thank you for your professionalism.
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thank you for your character inu representing the very best of the american spirit.est of our nation endures, we live free under the red, white and blue, l because of patriots like you. it has been a privilege of a lifetime to serve with you. i have learned much from you. i'm a better man having worked with you.i i'm confident that the united states and our armed forces will remain the greatest force for freedom and security that the world has ever known. god bless you and your familieso and god bless the united states of america. [applause]
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