Ash Carter, defense chief who opened combat to women, dies


              A condolence book and flowers are placed near the portrait of Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Washington. Carter, who served as secretary of defense in the final two years of the Obama administration, has died at age 68.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A condolence book and flowers are placed near the portrait of Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Washington. Carter, who served as secretary of defense in the final two years of the Obama administration, has died at age 68.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              A condolence book and flowers are placed near the portrait of Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Pentagon, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Washington. Carter, who served as secretary of defense in the final two years of the Obama administration, has died at age 68.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              FILE -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016.  Carter, who served as secretary of defense in the final two years of the Obama administration, has died at age 68.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
            
              FILE - Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 22, 2016. Carter, who served as secretary of defense in the final two years of the Obama administration, has died at age 68.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Ash Carter, defense chief who opened combat to women, dies