American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 – President Barack Obama today praised Christine H. Fox, who served as acting deputy secretary of defense to bridge the transition period between Ash Carter’s retirement in December and Bob Work taking office yesterday as deputy defense secretary.
“I want to acknowledge her dedicated service to our nation and to the men and women of our armed forces,” the president said of Fox in a statement.
“Last year, she graciously agreed to return to the Department of Defense shortly after she had officially retired in order to ensure that [Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel] and I had the support we needed in a challenging time,” the president said. “She provided steady leadership in the wake of sequester and developed an approach to the budget that puts our military on a path toward restored readiness.”
Obama also expressed his gratitude and best wishes. “I am grateful to Christine for her willingness to step in and serve her nation once again -- as the highest-ranking woman ever to serve at the Department of Defense -- and wish her the very best in her future endeavors,” he said.