Fiscal crisis, budget battle mark Panetta's tenure - Article Photos 1/3

The traveling staff on board the E-4B surprise U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta with a cake that says "arrivederci," in a celebration in honor of the last leg of his final overseas trip as secretary, en route to Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. The plastic meat axe at right was a joke gift from the staff, at the secretary's reference to budget sequestration being a meat axe. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)