As Delivered by Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld ,
ADMIRAL JAMES "SANDY" WINNEFELD: All right. Well, thank you, my good friend Craig, for that kind introduction, and good morning. Thank you so much for inviting me to speak to you. Just a sort of humble naval officer out here to join you this morning at the
And what an audience. I see airmen, leaders from defense industry, think tanks, academia - all of you part of or closely associated with the big, blue
Looking over the program, what a rich package of speakers, present company excluded, of course. (Scattered laughter.) It's a veritable master's degree in 21st century air power, and I really wish I could have been here all week to gain a lot of the knowledge that's going to be important for me in my - in my current job. So I'll look for a good summary from someone.
Please allow me to toss in a thank-you and to join you in all the heartfelt sympathies that I know have been expressed by previous speakers over the tragic events occurring at the Navy Yard on Monday. It just shows that when the chips are down, we set all of our rivalries aside and do our best as a military family, and that's one of the things that makes us the best in the world. So thank you very much.
Now, on a more upbeat note, let me start by wishing the
You think I'm kidding. The
So here I am indeed, a lonely island of white uniform in a sea of
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