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Travels With Hagel: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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May/June 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is traveling to Asia and Europe on his 14th international trip, during which he is taking part in international defense dialogues, meeting with foreign defense leaders, thanking U.S. service members and commemorating a major World War II milestone.

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Hagel Meets with French Defense Minister Le Drian

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met in Paris with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a day after both attended D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy. Story

Secretary Salutes Vella Gulf Crew in Romania

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has thanked the crew of the USS Vella Gulf which is on a port visit to Constanta, Romania as part of stepped up support to NATO. Story

Secretary Praises Romania as Steadfast U.S. Ally

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Romania as a “steadfast friend and ally of the United States,” noting several of its contributions to regional and world security. Story

Hagel Urges NATO Members to Boost Budgets

NATO European allies must dedicate more money to defense spending, and all are ready to do their part in the follow-on operation in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Story

Secretary Pledges Continued U.S. Support for Ukraine

During a meeting in Brussels with Ukraine's acting defense minister, Gen. Col. Mykhaylo Koval, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged continued U.S. support for the people of Ukraine. Story

Hagel Meets With Ministers From Baltic Nations

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Brussels with the defense ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and discussed a number of common security concerns, Pentagon officials said, including recent actions by Russia in and along the Ukrainian border and the subsequent reassurance measures taken by the United States and NATO. Story

Hagel Greets U.S. Troops at Bagram Air Base

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stopped at Bagram Air Base on his way from Singapore to Brussels to thank U.S. troops for their service in Afghanistan and to share the intense gratification of freeing prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after nearly five years in captivity. Story

Hagel: Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Important Day

The release of former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, after a years-long international effort to free him from nearly five years of captivity in Afghanistan, was an important day for U.S. troops and for the United States, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. Story

U.S., Chinese Leaders Meet, Continue Rapprochement

Reaching out to new countries is part and parcel of President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy approach and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reinforced that push, meeting with the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong. Story

Hagel Meets with Asian Defense Leaders in Singapore

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with defense leaders from five Asian nations on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in statements. 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 | Travels Archive

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