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Joint chiefs chairman talks transitions in visit to NW military bases

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
October 4, 2012 12:26 pm

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is wrapping a visit to Puget Sound military installations today with a trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Yesterday, Dempsey attended a town hall forum at Naval Base Kitsap where he took questions about the Pentagon’s direction as it draws down the war in Afghanistan and looks to new challenges. Read about it here in The Kitsap Sun.

“We’ve been focusing like a laser beam on Afghanistan and Iraq, one deployment after another,” he said. “What are we going to do with more time?”

By the Sun’s account, sailors had questions about how they’ll occupy their time with fewer deployments on the horizon, and what the military might look like after anticipated budget cuts take effect.

“We have to find ways to make ourselves more affordable,” Dempsey told them.

Dempsey’s visit to Lewis-McChord was not open to the press. He planned to meet with soldiers and airmen before leaving the region.

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