Some Fashion Advice for Ash Carter

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is welcomed to Infotech Enterprises by Mohan Reddy, chairman and managing director, Infotech, Hyderabad, India, on July 24. (DoD photo)

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter  is in the midst of a 10-day,  multi-country tour of the Asia-Pacific, similar to the trip taken by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in June.

DoD has gone to great lengths promoting Carter’s travels, so much so, it has dedicated an entire website to tracking his every movement.

Thanks to that website, we were provided with the above photo, which has prompted me to pass along some advice to the DepSecDef.

I learned an important lesson a few years back: It’s not cool to wear your cell phone in a hip holster.

Dr. Carter, you need to lose the BlackBerry holster; both of them. Yes, Dr. Carter has two mobile phone holsters (See the photo above)

Upon seeing the photo of Carter, I was taken back to  Spring 2007 when a former colleague mocked my black Motorola RAZR, tightly secured in a clear, plastic holster.

“You know,  they make cell phones that small so you don’t need to wear them on your hip,” she said.

Ouch! Still stings when I think about it.

Dr. Carter, I know you’re affinity for the holster. Heck, I used one for years.  But you need to slip those  phones into a pocket.

Or how about this. You’re an important guy. Make someone else carry them for you.


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Marcus Weisgerber

Senior Pentagon Correspondent at Defense News
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