Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, who served at Tustin air station in ’70s, takes first tour of Camp Pendleton – Orange County Register

CAMP PENDLETON — Just weeks after his Senate confirmation, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer on Wednesday, Aug. 30, toured assets of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton and chatted with Marines from the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion who showed off their amphibious vehicles.

“It’s easy to be back in the Pentagon where decisions are made and paper is moved in budget sessions,” said Spencer, 63, who started his job Aug. 3, two days after his Senate confirmation. “But you don’t have an understanding until you get into the field. Marines will tell you what they think, they’ll speak their mind.”

That was confirmed when Spencer passed by Pfc. Josue Rivera, 19, of Denville, N.J. who was working on a vehicle. Rivera asked the secretary when a new version of…

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