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FRIDAY FOTO Extra (Dec. 31, 2010)

TRADITION: Warriors of the World

To ring in the New Year, we thought we’d take a look at the dress uniforms of several nations around the world. As luck would have it, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates made several trips to Latin America, Asia and the Near East in 2010. And where the secretary travels, there is always a photographer. We hope you enjoy this scenes, which aren’t always seen. Remember to click on each image to see a larger version of the photo.

First stop, Vietnam

Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Defense Secretary Robert  Gates was in Hanoi in October and reviewed the troops with Vietnamese Defense Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh during a Guards of Honor Ceremony at  the Vietnamese military headquarters. Those boots have got to be hot in the tropics.


Defense Dept. photo by Cherie Cullen

Gates reviews the troops during an honor arrival ceremony at Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense in Kuala Lumpur,  Nov. 9, 2010.


Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Gates and Chile’s Defense Minister Jaime Ravinet reviews the troops during an honors arrival ceremony Nov. 20 at Santiago. Check out those helmets and boots. How do you say ‘Achtung!” in Spanish?


Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

In Bolivia for a conference of Western hemisphere defense ministers, Gates received full military honors when he arrived in Santa Cruz on Nov. 21. Must be windy, look at those flapping ties. No wonder the honor guards’ caps have chin straps.


Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Omani Defense Affairs Minister Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi was on hand to greet Gates upon his arrival in Muscat, Oman, Dec. 5.

And finally, Afghanistan

Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Gates receives an honors welcome in Kabul as he arrives at the Ministry of Defense with Afghanistan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak on Dec. 9.

December 31, 2010 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (Oct. 15, 2010)

Oh Ho!


Defense Secretary Robert Gates (left side) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Minister's Meeting. (Defense Dept. photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison)


How ironic is this: Former Cold Warrior Robert Gates, the U.S. defense secretary, meeting with his Asian counterparts beneath a gilded bust of communist North Vietnam’s founding father, Ho Chi Minh, at Hanoi’s Presidential Palace?

At 4GWR, we think this is one of the most remarkable images in U.S.-Vietnamese relations since Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — on a goodwill mission to Vietnam — visited a war museum in the old Hanoi Hilton where he was held as a prisoner of war.

Gates was in Hanoi for the first-ever meeting of defense ministers from the 10-member Association of of Southwest Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from eight other nations with a stake in the Asia-Pacific area.

During his visit, Gates also held bilateral meetings with officials from Vietnam, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and China. At the meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, Gates accepted an invitation to visit Beijing next year.

Angered by the U.S. sale of military equipment to Taiwan, China dis-invited Gates to a scheduled vist earlier this year, and called a halt to all military-to-military ties with the U.S. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, while the U.S. has tried to discourage Beijing from mounting an invasion of the island by selling Taiwan advanced weaponry.

In addition to the 10 ASEAN member nations – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – defense ministers from Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the U.S. attended the meeting known as ADMM-Plus (for ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus).

During the meeting, Gates called for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes, mostly in the South China Sea. Hina has locked horns about ownership and fishing rights with Vietnam over the Paracel Islands, with Japan over the Diayou Islands (or Senaku Islands in Japanese) and with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan over the Spratlys Islands, which are believed to have large deposits of oil and natural gas beneath them.

For a slide shows of the Hanoi meeting, including Gates’ review of goose-stepping Vietnamese troops, click here.

October 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment


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