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Future USS Washington (SSN 787) delivered to the Navy
05/27/2017 07:05 PM EDT

The Navy accepted delivery of the future Washington (SSN 787), the 14th submarine of the Virginia—class, May 26.

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Trump Pleased With Results of First Overseas Trip

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Trump Pleased With Results of First Overseas Trip
05/27/2017 06:33 PM CDT

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President Donald J. Trump speaks to U.S. service members and their families at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, May 27, 2017. Trump traveled to Sicily to attend the G7 Summit and meet with world leaders. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Guerra

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Trump Pleased With Results of First Overseas Trip

By Jim Garamone

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2017 — President Donald J. Trump told service members today at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, that they are the greatest force for peace and justice the world has ever seen.

The president spoke to service members and their families at the end of his first overseas trip as president, and he detailed the trip to them.

“Our travels took us to some of the holiest sites in the three Abrahamic religions, and to gatherings of both America’s oldest and newest friends,” he said. “We traveled the world to strengthen longstanding alliances, and to form a new partnership among nations devoted to the task of eradicating the terrorism that plagues our planet.”

Trump said he is more confident than ever that the will exists for nations to work together against the terrorists that launched recent attacks in Manchester, England, and in Egypt.

“Together, civilized nations will crush the terrorists, block their funding, strip them of their territory, and drive them out of this Earth,” he told the service members.

A Busy First Trip

Trump’s first stop on the trip was in Saudi Arabia, where he spoke at a summit of the leaders of more than 50 Muslim and Arab nations.

His second stop was in Israel and Palestine, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump said he believes both men sincerely want peace in the troubled area.

The president then stopped in Rome and met with Pope Francis. “It was truly an honor to meet the Pope and to pray for peace on those hallowed grounds,” he said.

He then moved on to Brussels for a NATO summit. He said he got a commitment from allies to increase their defense spending, and the alliance itself committed to joining the coalition against terror.

Finally, he attended the G-7 Summit in Taormina, Italy. “I called for much greater security and cooperation on matters of both terrorism [and] immigration migration … to protect our citizens,” he said.

A Pledge of Cooperation, Security

The president believes he has “paved the way for a new era of cooperation among the nations of the world to defeat the common enemy of terrorism and provide our children with a much more hopeful future.”

And American service members provide much of the security and strength that will be needed against the terrorists. “I want you to know that you have a commander in chief who will never, ever forget,” he said. “Never, ever.”

“My pledge to you is that we will always protect those who protect us,” he continued. “You are protecting us, and we will always remember that, and we will always, always protect you.”

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05/26/2017 07:00 PM CDT

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SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 27, 2017)

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President Donald J. Trump waves as he exits Marine One onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella. This visit marks President Trump’s last stop of his first trip abroad since taking office. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon (Released) 170527-N-OY339-022

SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 27, 2017)

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President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with service members and their families onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella prior to an all-hands call. This visit marks President Trump’s last stop of his first trip abroad since taking office. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon (Released) 170527-N-OY339-794

SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 27, 2017)

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President Donald J. Trump poses for a photo with the 8th grade class from Sigonella Middle School at Naval Air Station Sigonella after an all-hands call. These students marched during Trump’s presidential inauguration parade in January. This visit marks President Trump’s last stop of his first trip abroad since taking office. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon (Released) 170527-N-OY339-470

SIGONELLA, Sicily (May 27, 2017)

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President Donald J. Trump speaks to service members and their families onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella during an all-hands call. This visit marks President Trump’s last stop of his first trip abroad since taking office. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Gordon (Released) 170527-N-OY339-372

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USMA Creates Soldiers Who Are Best When Times Are Worst, Mattis Says

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USMA Creates Soldiers Who Are Best When Times Are Worst, Mattis Says
05/27/2017 01:05 PM CDT

USMA Creates Soldiers Who Are Best When Times Are Worst, Mattis Says

By Cheryl Pellerin

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke this morning at the U.S. Military Academy graduation and commissioning, telling the West Point graduating class of 2017 that it was a great honor to be present at one of the nation’s foundational keystones.

Nearly 1,200 students were admitted to the USMA class of 2017, according to the class profile. Of the total, 1,002 cadets were men, 188 women.

In his remarks, Mattis conveyed the respects of President Donald J. Trump, and those of the American people.

“By the time this class was in first-grade classrooms in every state across our union,” he said, “our country had been thrust into a war by maniacs who thought that by hurting us they could scare us. Well, we don’t scare, and nothing better represents America’s awesome determination to defend herself than this graduating class.”

American Soldiers

Every cadet in the audience could have opted out of attendance at USMA, he added.

“You’d grown up seeing the war on ‘round-the-clock news. There was no draft. Colleges across this land would have moved heaven and earth to recruit you for schools that would never make such demands on you as West Point … creating American soldiers who are at their very best when times are at their very worst,” Mattis said.

The cadets are graduating in the same week that terrorists took 22 innocent young lives, he said, and the tragic loss in Manchester, England, underscores the purpose of their years of study and training at West Point.

“We must never permit murderers to define our time or warp our sense of the normal. This is not normal, and each of you cadets graduating today are reinforcing our ranks, bringing fresh vigor,” the secretary said, “renewing our sense of urgency and enhancing the Army’s lethality needed to prove our enemies wrong — dead wrong.”

The class of 2017 now joins the ranks of an Army at war, he added, taking the place they have earned in an unbroken line of patriots.

“After four years at West Point,” Mattis said, “you understand what it means to live up to an oath. You understand the commitment that comes with signing a blank check to the American people, payable with your life.”

Hold the Line

Those in the Defense Department recognize that there are many passions running about in this country, as there ought to be in a vibrant republic, Mattis said.

“But for those privileged to wear the cloth of our nation, to serve in the United States Army, you stand the ramparts, unapologetic, apolitical, defending our experiment in self-governance. You hold the line,” he said to cheering and applause from the cadets.

“You hold the line,” he said, “faithful to duty, confronting the nation’s foes with implacable will, knowing that if there’s a hill to climb, waiting won’t make it smaller.

“You hold the line, true to honor, living by a moral code regardless of who is watching, knowing that honor is what we give ourselves for a life of meaning.

“You hold the line, loyal to country and defending the Constitution, defending our fundamental freedoms, knowing from your challenging years here on the Hudson that loyalty only counts where there are a hundred reasons not to be.”

Remember that when the chips are down, Mattis said, “it will be the spirits of your often-rambunctious soldiers that will provide the reservoir of courage you will need to draw upon.”

The chips were down in the freezing days before Christmas, 1944, when the Nazi army was on the attack in the Ardennes, Mattis said, telling the cadets a story.

“A sergeant in a retreating tank spotted a fellow American digging a foxhole. The GI, PFC Martin, looked up and said to the sergeant in the tank, ‘Are you looking for a safe place?’

‘Yeah,’ the tanker answered.

‘Well, buddy,’ the private said with a drawl, ‘just pull your vehicle behind me. I’m the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going.’”

The secretary added, “You are a U.S. soldier and you hold the line.”

High Expectations

The class of 2017 today joins an army that left bloody footprints at Valley Forge and that defeated the Nazis’ last gasp at Bastogne, Mattis said.

“Your class,” he said to thunderous applause, “will be remembered for an Army football team that took to the field of friendly strife and beat Navy.”

But they will also be remembered for the history they’re about write, Mattis said, and when they turn their troops to the next commander, those troops will be as good or better than the commanders of the West Point class of 2017.

“I have very high expectations of you. Your country has very high expectations of you. And we are confident you will not let us down because, while we may not know you personally, we do know your character — West Point character.”

(Follow Cheryl Pellerin on Twitter @pellerindodnews)

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