Amata Remembers Former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata honored the life and memory of her friend and former boss, Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci. He had a brilliant career that included serving four U.S. Presidents as diplomat and adviser, rising to National Security Adviser and then Secretary of Defense for President Ronald Reagan.
Secretary Carlucci began his career with service in the U.S. Navy, and went on to gain remarkably broad experience, including Ambassador to Portugal, Deputy Director of the CIA, and Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. Following his public service, he was a successful businessman, who remained involved in public and defense policy discussions through think tank positions, including Pacific policy as Chairman and later Chairman Emeritus of the US-Taiwan Business Council.
Amata with former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci
“Frank Carlucci was my boss in one of my first jobs in Washington, D.C. He was a dear friend, an exemplary man, a patriot and a committed public servant. He was a man of exceptional experience in our government, and I learned so much from working for Frank that is important to my public service today. I first worked for him at the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, and then he asked me to join him at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In these positions, I learned how to deal with the grants process, and watched as then-Deputy Secretary Carlucci tamed the bureaucracy at the Department that had the second largest budget after the U.S. Department of Defense.
“Even today, American Samoa relies heavily on federal funding grants that had their origins in the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Our country is better for the extensive service of Frank Carlucci. He is missed, and my thoughts are with his family and many friends this week.”