Defense chief Carter featured at counties conference in NC

Ash Carter
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, leads applause to thank the military service members who served in Vietnam during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter continues his North Carolina visit as a major convention gathers in Charlotte.

Carter is scheduled to speak Saturday to the annual conference of the National Association of Counties. Carter is speaking to county officials around the country about how communities prepare men and women in uniform today and for the future.

Other speakers at the convention are former Charlotte mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, NASCAR racing driver Danica Patrick, former UNC and NBA basketball player Brad Daugherty.

Carter visited Friday with soldiers at Fort Bragg to assure the troops that the nation’s military would be able to defend itself against multiple foreign threats even as the Army reduces its force to pre-World War II levels.

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