Following the passing of Ash Carter, the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statements.
Senator Reed said: “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Ash Carter, a dedicated patriot and public servant. Ash committed his life and career to strengthening our nation, and he was deeply loved by those who knew him.
“His impact on the United States’ national security cannot be overstated. As Secretary of Defense during the Obama Administration, Ash boldly led reforms that made our military stronger and better equipped. He was instrumental in opening all military jobs to women, including combat roles, and he worked tirelessly to improve the Pentagon’s acquisition and innovation practices.
“As importantly, however, he was a thoughtful and caring man. I recently visited Ash at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he taught future leaders over the past several years. I am glad I had the opportunity to thank him for his lifetime of service during that visit. A gentleman, scholar, and thoughtful leader at the Pentagon, Ash made the world a better, safer place. My heart goes out to Stephanie, Ava, Will, and his many friends and family.”
Senator Inhofe said: “Kay and I are grieving the loss of Ash Carter, today, and are taking time to remember his legacy as a patriot. The honor and integrity that he showed throughout his career made our country a better place. Even with such a robust career as his, he never failed to take on each challenge with honesty and grit. Secretary Carter was a fearless advocate for our military men and women and his life’s work will live on as his insights and initiatives continue to serve as a part of the foundation of America’s defense strategy. We are saddened by his loss, and are keeping his family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”
Cole Stevens (SASC Democrats) (202) 224-8636
Laurie Fitch (Inhofe) (202) 224-4721