Ash Carter, who opened military jobs to women, dies at 68

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Ash Carter, the defence secretary during the last two years of the Obama administration, has died at the age of 68.

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Harvard Kennedy School dean Douglas Elmendorf said Carter died after a heart attack. The Belfer Center was run by Carter.

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Carter sent 24,000 MRAPs to Iraq and Afghanistan before to becoming the defence secretary.

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Roadside bombs have wounded or killed tens of thousands of American personnel. Carter was pleased with how soon his autos showed up.

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"US MRAP manufacturing peaked at 1,000 units per month. rescued lives "Carter made this comment in 2012. I would have brought one in today if the door had enough space.

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In December 2015, Carter ordered the military to open all jobs to women, allowing them to engage in combat and commando operations.

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The next year, Carter lifted the ban on transgender persons serving in the military.

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In June 2016, Carter said, "Americans who choose to serve and satisfy our requirements should compete."

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We want to protect the nation and don't want non-qualifying obstacles to stop us from enlisting or keeping the greatest Marines, sailors, soldiers, or airmen.

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Carter was the 25th defence secretary and, according to his family, "liked nothing more than spending time with the troops."

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Carter served as both parties' representative for five presidents.

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