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Acting Secretary of Defense makes quick stop at Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) — Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller made a quick stop at Fort Bragg on Wednesday.

The visit came hours after he announced a major withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. He said the U.S. plans to have just 2,500 troops in both countries by Jan. 25.

WATCH: Fayetteville Army veteran reacts to announcement of troop withdrawal from Iraq, Afghanistan

He also announced a change in communication structure.

“I am here to announce that I directed the special operations civilian leadership to report directly to me instead of through the current bureaucratic channels,” Miller said. “This reform will immediately improve the agility to the department and command and enable us to streamline information flow, enhance decision making.”

During his visit, Miller was seen without a mask, shaking hands and taking pictures with other military leaders in attendance.

Miller was appointed to Acting Secretary of Defense when President Donald Trump abruptly fired Mark Esper.

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