Michael's Dispatches

Trip with Secretary Gates

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31 May 2009

We are in Singapore for an extra day.  This following is an official statement from Geoff Morrell, the press secretary for Secretary Gates:

"Secretary Gates has elected to delay by a day his travel to Manila. A series of mechanical problems on one of the military's specially-outfitted 747's prevented it from being flown today as scheduled. The flight crew is hard at work trying to repair the aircraft, but a back-up plane with appropriate communications capabilities is being flown into Singapore and will be available to transport the Secretary to Manila Monday morning if needed. Despite the later arrival, the Secretary still anticipates being able to conduct all of his planned engagements in Manila, including meeting with Secretary of National Defense Gilberto Teodoro and visiting with US and Philippine forces, before heading to Alaska."

The United States can't afford to have Secretary Gates without communications, even for a few hours.  If the President needs him, or something goes wrong, Secretary Gates must be plugged in.  So we are waiting for a fix and will move out shortly.

Michael Yon


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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Scott Dudley · 10 years ago
    Rather embarassing for the Air Force I would think. Hope this doesn't subtract from his time with our troops.
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    cg · 10 years ago
    Gates is delaying his trip to a large tan envelope?
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    AAnderson · 10 years ago
    @ cg....all Mr. Yon did was post the statement as released by the SecDef's press guy, Geoff Morrell.

    FYI, the envelope material is spelled with ONE L, like the capital of the Philippine Islands.... but then what should you expect from someone who spells

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