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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 5, 2001


Strengthening and Supporting the Military

"As Commander in Chief, I have no higher duty than this -- to give our troops the tools to take on new missions, while maintaining their readiness to defend our country and defeat any adversary; to make sure they can deploy away from home, knowing their families have the quality of life they deserve; and to make certain their service is not only rewarding, but well-rewarded, from recruitment to retirement."

                                                      President Clinton                                                 
                                            Radio Address to the Nation
                                                        January 2, 1999

Our military forces are ready to fight and better prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. When America's interests have been at stake, in Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, the Persian Gulf, East Timor and other locations around the world, our forces have consistently performed with distinction. At the same time, the Administration has taken steps to transform the military to deal with new kinds of threats and challenges the United States will face in the 21st century.

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