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Travels With Hagel
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

March 2013
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Dunford: Uncertainty Poses
Greatest Risk to Transition

The transition in Afghanistan that’s gradually moving Afghan forces into the security lead brings significant tensions for that nation’s people, said Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. Story

Official: Hagel Found Afghanistan
Visit ‘Extremely Informative’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found his first trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief to be extremely informative, a senior defense official said in a statement issued to reporters traveling with Hagel. Story

Hagel Offers Observations
After Meeting With Karzai

After his first meeting with Afghanistan’s president as head of the U.S. military, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the encounter featured “clear, direct conversation.” Story

Secretary Pledges Best Effort to Soldiers in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the soldiers of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division’s “Bastogne” 1st Brigade Combat Team in eastern Afghanistan. Story

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Hagel Traveled to Afghanistan and Germany

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About the Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck Hagel took the oath of office to serve as the 24th defense secretary at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013, becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Defense Department. Hagel served in the U.S. Senate, representing Nebraska from 1996 to 2009. Following his Senate career, Hagel served as co-chairman of President Barack Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board and as a member of the department's Defense Policy Board. Biography

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