Defense Secretary Mark Esper Welcome Ceremony CSPAN July 26, 2019 12:07pm-1:08pm EDT
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>> good morning. it's a great day for prayer. it's a great day for our nation. we thank the lord for the opportunity to be here in this great weather in washington, d.c. let's pray with me today. lord, we come to you in this moment and we seek your blessings upon this ceremony. defense secretary esper and the united states of america. thank you for your presence with us today. thank you for your presence with those of our forces and their families where ever they are around the world. lord, let them know we're praying for them today and lift them up. give them encouragement and bring them home safely. as lovers of peace we come to this place today when time
requires peace keepers and peacemakers. grant president trump, vice president pence, defense secretary esper and the joint chiefs of staff your divine wisdom, your divine strength and your divine knowledge that leads to increased power and brings increased peace. as these leaders work together with our allies, their bless efforts to support national interest in the good of man kind. as defense secretary esper enters this new role may he serve with honor and integrity. now king eternal, as you continue to bless the united states of america and the department of defense, we continue to trust in you. in your power, for your glory now and forever, amen.
[ applause ] >> president trump, vice president pence, members of congress and distinguished guests, thank you for joining us here today. on behalf of the department of defense welcome to the pentagon. this historic building is not only the headquarters of our armed forces, it is a prominent symbol of america's military power and of our willingness to defend our people and our interests around the world to generations of americans, this place, this building embodies or national security. however, a building is nothing without the people within it and the spirit and dedication they bring to it each and every day. as such, i want to thank the great patriots, military and civilian alike, who come to work here and focus on one thing, supporting the more than two million soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who sacrif e
sacrificed and served in defense of our great nation. they all represent america's best and i'm proud to serve with them and along side them. [ applause ] mr. president, thank you, sir, for your confidence in me and this incredible opportunity. it is an honor of a lifetime to be appointed secretary of defense and to lead the greatest military in history. i'm especially humbled that you would be here today to celebrate this occasion. i also want to thank you for your unwaivering commitment to our armed forces and a strong national defense. our military has made tremendous gains thanks to your leadership. we're ready to face any challenge, any time, anywhere as we continue to stand guard around the world. i would like to thank the arm services committee for its swift action on my nomination and the
strong bipartisan support that i received from the entire united states senate. the global security environment has become more complex. the free and open order that is preserved is peace and sustained our prosperity for decades is under duress. china and russia seek to displace the united states and shift the balance of power in their favor. iran continues to sow discord and threaten throughout the middle east. isis looks for new safe havens to plot against the west. as the department of defense takes on these challenges we'll continue to strengthen in other words to preserve the peace and advance america's interests. well do this first by building a more lethal force. one that is increasing readiness and modernizes for the future. thanks to the president's leadership and the support of congress, the last two budgets have allowed us to make
significant investments towards these ends and the next couple promise to do the same as well. in addition, the department is on the verge of a significant change in how we organize, train and equip our space forces. mr. president, i know this is an important priority for you and my pentagon team is fully engaged with the armed services committee and bipartisan congressional leadership to create for the first time in 70 years a new branch of the armed forces, the united states space force. [ applause ] we will strengthen our alliances and attract new partners. like minded nations willing to work together is an advantage that our adversaries do not posse possess. this means our allies and partners must contribute more e quitablely to our shared
security. president trump has called on other nations to do more and they have responded. by the end of 2020 our nato allies will spend an additional $100 billion on defense. an unprecedented increase that will make the alliance stronger. [ applause ] third, we'll reform the department to make the best use of every single dollar congress gives us. our country has many competing demands and it's incumbent upon us to look for ways no matter how small to free up time, money and manpower to invest back into our top priorities. we must always keep faith with the american people and be good stewards of their hard earned tax dollars. lastly, as a personal priority of mine, we'll place a particular focus on the well being of our families. our military spouses and civilians and children make tremendous sacrifices for this country and in return, i am
committed to ensuring they are properly cared for. i want to thank mrs. trump and mrs. pence for the personal attention they have devoted to our military families and their efforts to improve the quality of life for our spouses and children throughout the armed forces. thank you. in closing, i want to thank our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who make up the greatest fighting force known to man. all across the world these brave americans are standing watch on land, in the seas, throughout the skies and in boast spath sp cyber space. service members solemnly and confidently carry out their duties. assured by the leadership of the commander in chief. the men and women of our military know we'll never send them into a fight without the
tr training, equipment and leadership they need to prevail. they know that this administration, that this congress and the american people have their back. they know that when they are deployed far away from home, their families will be taken care of. thank you again mr. president for your support to our military and allowing me to privilege to serve our great country once again as secretary of defense. as take on this great responsibility, i'll carry out my duties with the same energy, commitment to duty and honor and country that i have for nearly four decades since my days at west point. in doing so, i assure you that this department will not let our great nation down. thank you, sir. >> ladies and gentlemen, it's my great privilege at this time to now welcome the vice president
of the united states, mike pence. >> mr. president, secretary esper, members of the cabinet, members of congress and of the joint chiefs of staff and most especially to all those who wear the uniform of the united states and their families and the civilians who support you. it's a special honor to be here with all of you at the pentagon. the symbol of american power. and to join all of you for the full honors ceremony of the 27th secretary of defense, secretary mark t. esper.
[ applause ] as the men and women who serve here at the pentagon know well, since day one of this administration, president trump has taken decisive action to make the strongest military in the history of the world stronger still. after years of budget cuts, president trump fought for and secured the largest increase in our national defense in more than a generation including the largest military pay raise in over ten years. at the president's direction we produce national security strategy that puts america first, pursue the modernization of our nuclear arsenal. as the secretary just said our nato allies are contributing more to our common defense than ever before and with the strong support of leaders in congress we're well on our way to establishing that sixth branch of our armed forces, the united
states space force. today, congress will vote on a budget deal thanks to the president's leadership that preserves the historic investments we have made in our national defense it provides for our veterans and also ends the defense sequester once and for all. mr. secretary, because of this president's efforts you will inherit a military better equipped, better trained than any military in history of the world. the president and i have every confidence that you will lead the department of defense with the same dedication and integrity that mark your 21 military career. mr. secretary, your reputation for leadership and your patriotism know doubt accounts for the 90 votes that you received in the united states senate and confirms the confidence that the president is
placing in you today. mr. secretary, thank you for answering the call to serve our country once again. [ applause ] president donald trump has no higher priority than the safety and security of the american people. our commander in chief is taking one more critical step to provide for the common defense of the american people and our way of life. now it's my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce your commander in chief and the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump.
>> well, thank you very much to our great vice president and thank you to all of the extraordinary patriots here at the united states department of defense. the world's largest building. it's undergre great leadership. your devotion, strength and courage keep america safe, strong and free. it's because of you that the united states military is the most powerful fighting force on the face of the earth. i want to express our gratitude to the old guard and to all of the service members in today's review for their extraordinary commitment to excellence and their unwaivering loyalty to our
nation. it's the greatest honor of my life to serve as your commander in chief. let me also recognize the incredible u.s. navy and the band for that beautiful rendition of our national anthem. it was really beautiful and thank you very much. fantastic job. thank you. we're gathered here today to celebrate the swearing in of america's new secretary of defense, mark t. esper. your lifetime of noble services prepared you for this immense responsibility and that's what it is. immense responsibility. on behalf of our entire country, thank you and congratulations. congratulations.
i have no doubt, i know you well, that you will thrive in the performance of your duties and make all americans, everybody in this great country, all americans very, very proud. people love our country more than ever and our country is respected again. many members of your family could be here for this special occasion including your wonderful wife, leah, your mother, polly and your children, luke and kathryn. thank you very much. congratulations to a great family. thank you very much. great family.
with us as well are many distinguished military leaders, vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general paul silva. where is paul? acting secretary of the army ryan mccarthy. hi, ryan. stand up. doing a great job. you're filling big shoes, ryan. acting secretary of the air force. matthew donovan. thank you very much. thank you. army chief of staff mark millie.
thank you. congratulations to mark. marine core david berger. thank you very much. air force chief of staff general david. thank you very much. chief of naval operations admiral john richardson. thank you. over many decades and times of war and peace, mark esper has answered the call of duty. he's never failed. he hails from union town, pennsylvania. the hometown of his personal e hero. the legendary former george marshal. mark attended the united states military academy at west point.
graduated in 1986 receiving a commission in the infantry. soon he earned his ranger tab and fought with the famed 101st airborne division in the gulf war. he was awarded the bronze star and the combat infantry badge for his service. brave guy. they all told me he was a brave guy. i knew that any way. in total mark served for 21 years in military. he completed his final act of duty assignment right here at the pentagon on the army staff and returned six years later as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for negotiations policy. mark has advanced our national security in a variety of other government and private sector
goals. he's worked in both houses of congress advising lawmakers. i can see he had talent because he won. i heard a 90. 90-8, right? i don't know. i haven't heard that sound in a long time, mark. now i'm worried. 90-8. wow. he served as vice president of ratheon. in 2017, mark was sworn in as secretary of the united states army. a position in which he earned universal admiration and respect. tremendous respect.
the defense of the nation and of this great nation's people. i have absolute confidence that mark will ensure that our incredible military is fully prepared to deter conflict and defeat any foe. no enemy can match the awesome might of the american army, navy, air force, coast guard and the united states marines. we had a budget approved when i first came in. billions and billions of dollars more than it was previously in the previous administration. $700 billion. then i went to $716 billion and
i won't even tell you what this one is. i can only tell you it's even more. we have rebuilt things that nobody ever even thought of rebuilding. we have added the greatst planes in the world. the greatest missiles in the world. we upgraded our nuclear. we never want to have to use it. we have the best in the world in every aspect of military. the sight of american warriors brings solace into the hearts of our friends and strikes fear into the hearts of our enemies. our military today is more powerful by far than ever before. three years ago we could not have said that, could we, mark. we're giving our war fighters the tools they need to fight and win with overwhelming force
after years and years of budget cuts and all the things that they've been doing to set us back with our military. we have more than made up for all of it. we're building new tanks and ships and submarines and planes and missile systems to ensure that our warriors operate with unrifled capability and conflict. any battlefield will be a battlefield on which we win. we have given our service members their largest pay raise in nearly a decade and under this administration we have faced the challenge of our time with clear eyes, fresh thinking and bold determination. our first priority is always the safety and sovereignty of our nation and our citizens. here at home we have deployed military forces to confront the grave national security crisis
on our southern border. i want to thank all the great military leaders for the help you've given us on our southern boarder. as you know, mexico has now deployed 21,000 troops which is something they have never done before and been a tremendous help. tremendous difference in numbers. very rapidly. we want to thank the country of mexico and the president. no nation can be safe or secure that fails to control its borders. in syria and iraq, thanks to the bravery of our warriors and their allies, the isis territorial caliphate has been 100% and just absolutely destroyed and we did it in a very quick moment of time. as soon as i said i want to do it and i want to do it fast, our military kicked in and it
happened very, very quickly. today we stand not far from where terrorists attacked the pentagon on 9/11 claiming 184 precious lives. we'll never forget the sacrifice of those americans patriots. we vow to do whatever it takes to protect our homeland to safeguard our people from the threat of radical islamic terrorism and to preserve american freedom. america faces new threats and strategic rivals, it seems like all the time. we have met this competition with unmatched confidence, purpose and resolve. they respect our country. right now they respect us in
more than they have many many, many years. it's only going to get more so. we are ensuring american dominance across every war fighting domain, land, air, sea, cyber and space. that's why under secretary esper's leadership, we will as mike and mark has already said, but it's so exciting to say and when ever i make a speech people start going wild. they stand up and they clap and i can't sit them down and i want to wait because they say we're launching the united states space force. they go wild. they understand that's where it's going to be at. we're going to be there and we're going to be there in every way that you can.
together we will fulfill our sacred mission to protect the greatest nation in the history of the world, the united states of america. with unyieldsing strength we will defend our country. we will defend our people and we will proudly defend our great american flag. congratulations gone you and your family. this season incredible day in the life and fabled history of the united states. secretary of defense. you ever see that looking into that -- you're going to do a great job. i have no doubt. absolutely no doubt. [ applause ] in dou no doubt. we cannot wait to see all you will achieve for our nation as the new secretary of defense. i want to thank everybody for
. >> at this time we would like to recognize all the veterans and their families that have joined us here today by performing the songs of the armed services. when your hear your service song or that of a loved one that served, stand up to be recognized. the united states army. ♪ ♪ the army goes rolling along ♪ the army's on its way ♪ you will always you that the army is rolling along ♪ >> the united states air force. ♪
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