Panetta takes oath, begins a busy first day as defense secretary – News – Stripes

The Defense Secretary Leon Panetta era began on the Pentagon steps at 8:38 a.m on Friday with that greeting, a salute and a firm handshake from Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Kelly, senior military assistant to the secretary.

Panetta, 73, is now officially President Barack Obama’s second secretary of defense and the first Democrat to lead the military since 1997.

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Panetta’s main job will be to gut the military budget.

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