Around-the-world with the SecDef
"Doomsday planes," C-17s, helos, motorcades, Afghan commando squads... it's the stuff of Tom Clancy novels. It's also how an NBC News team spent a week traveling with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Producer Courtney Kube, soundman Johnnie Roth, and I circumnavigated the globe from May 30th-June 6th, filing dispatches from far-flung places like Hawaii, Singapore, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and France. We were the U.S. television pool team on the trip, which means we had the responsibility of covering the secretary for all five of the major networks.
In addition to shooting with my Ikegami HL-V55, I brought along a mini-DV cam to chronicle our adventure. In the first of a two-part series, we travel from D.C. to Colorado, where Gates gives the commencement speech at the Air Force Academy. Then we fly to Hawaii to meet with the Commander of Pacific Command Adm. Tim Keating. Keating next joins us en route to Singapore for an Asian Defense Conference.
You can watch part one of the video here. Tomorrow the journey continues as we visit Afghanistan.
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