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December 2014

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In Iraq, Hagel Praises Troops' Commitment, Sacrifice

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked service members in Baghdad and told them they are "doing something very, very special that very few people in life ever can do." Story

Hagel 'Encouraged' by Progress in ISIL Fight

A meeting with Iraq's leaders in Baghdad left Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel feeling encouraged by their progress and vision for the future. Story

Hagel Visits Baghdad to Thank Troops

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked U.S. troops for their contributions to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during a visit to Baghdad. 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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