December 11, 2012
Susan Walsh photo

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks to reporters while on board his plane headed to Kuwait, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Panetta will meet with troops as part of a visit to thank the troops for their service.

Susan Walsh photo

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, second from left, is welcomed upon his arrival at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Kuwaiti Defense Minister Sheik Ahmad Al-Khaled Al Sabah, right, escorts Panetta, who is scheduled to meet with troops during his visit as part of a holiday visit to thank the troops for their service.

Susan Walsh photo

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, right, talks to reporters while on board his plane headed to Kuwait, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Panetta will meet with troops as part of a visit to thank the troops for their service.