Defense Secretary Hagel Discusses Military Professionalism with Leadership Team

- American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Mar. 24, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with his leadership team today to discuss military professionalism, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

Civilian and military leaders met to discuss ways to foster ideas for how the institution can continue ensuring professionalism across the force, Kirby said during a news conference.

Hagel values the inputs, opinions and perspectives of his leadership team, which includes senior DOD civilians, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the combatant commands, Kirby said. Hagel "is taking advantage of this opportunity today to seek those perspectives," he added. "He will continue to make this a priority in the weeks and months ahead."

Kirby noted that Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have released a public service announcement on this issue.

The meeting today is one of many that senior leaders in the department hold, Kirby said, adding that he will have an announcement soon on Hagel's selection of a senior advisor for military professionalism.

'The secretary said it himself when he was here with you not long ago: 'Ethics and character are the foundation of an institution and a society. They must be constantly emphasized every level of command: top to bottom,'" Kirby told reporters. "He and his leadership team remain committed to that end."

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