Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense under Obama, has died at the age of 68

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Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense under Obama, has died at the age of 68


The Harvard Kennedy School reports that Ash Carter, the Obama administration’s defense secretary who opened combat positions to women, has died at the age of 68. In December 2015, after three years of training and debate, Carter ordered the military to open all jobs to women, removing the last barriers to women serving in combat, including the most dangerous and grueling command posts. The following year, Carter, a native of Philadelphia, was responsible for lifting a ban on transgender service in the US military, saying that “Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be able to compete for it,” Carter said in June 2016. , outlining a year-long plan to implement change. “Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications to prevent us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission.”

Ash Carter, the Obama administration’s defense secretary who opened combat duty to women, has died at the age of 68, the Harvard Kennedy School said.

In December 2015, after three years of study and debate, Carter ordered the military to open all jobs to women, removing the last barriers to women serving in combat, including the most dangerous and grueling commando posts.

The following year, Carter, a native of Philadelphia, was responsible for overturning a ban on transgender service in the US military, saying it was the right thing to do.

“Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be given the opportunity to compete for it,” Carter said in June 2016 as he laid out a year-long plan to implement the changes. “Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications to prevent us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission.”

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