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Former Defense Sec. Gates visits Fort Hood for book signing

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:14 pm

FORT HOOD — Wearing a neck brace and black suit, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signed copies of his controversial new book, “Duty,” today at the Clear Creek Main Exchange.

Nearly 70 soldiers, veterans and others were waiting in line when the two-hour book signing started at 11 a.m.

“My dad served 30 years in the Army; He texted me about the book signing,” said George McMaster, 22, a Copperas Cove resident.

McMaster and others went through the line swiftly as Gates signed copies of his book, which has drawn national headlines for his sharp criticisms of Congress and the Obama administration’s strategy in Afghanistan.

The book is a memoir of his days as the U.S. secretary of defense (2006-2011).

In a phone interview with the Herald on Wednesday, Gates said he hopes soldiers will read the book.

The book describes “what was going on … at the 30,000-foot level in terms of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Gates said. “And what was behind the decisions that I made that affected their lives.”

Read the full story in Friday’s Killeen Daily Herald.

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