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April 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began a three-day trip to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere, with a stop at Fort Bragg, N.C., to meet troops who conduct military-to-military engagements in the region. He then visited Mexico City to attend the second U.S.-Canada-Mexico North American Defense Ministerial conference before heading to Guatemala.

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Hagel, Guatemalan Leaders Visit Troop Humanitarian Projects

On his first visit to Guatemala as U.S. defense secretary, Chuck Hagel spent the day with the nation's leaders, and with them visited a small town that is the most recent site of humanitarian projects that U.S. and Guatemalan troops work side by side to complete. Story

Defense Secretary Urges Trilateral Work for Threat Assessment, Cybersecurity

At the second North American Defense Ministerial, with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged a quick start to trilateral work on continental threat assessment and cybersecurity, and closer work among the three nations on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Story

Hagel Looks to Strengthen Ties With Canada, Mexico

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met here last night with Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson, ahead of today's North American Defense Ministerial conference, which brings together the defense leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Story

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Visit Mexico, Guatemala to Affirm U.S. Commitment

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel begins a three-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere and affirm America's commitment to the region, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

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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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