|United States Secretary of Defense|
February 27, 2013
|Preceded by||Leon Panetta|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||James Exon|
|Succeeded by||Mike Johanns|
|Born||Charles Timothy Hagel
October 4, 1946
North Platte, Nebraska, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Lloyd (1979-82)
Lilibet Hagel (1985-present)
|Alma mater||Brown College
University of Nebraska at Omaha
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1967–1968|
|Unit||2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
9th Infantry Division
|Awards||Purple Heart (2)
Army Commendation Medal
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross
Combat Infantryman Badge
Chuck Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the 24th and current Secretary of Defense and the former U.S. Senator from Nebraska. He is a member of the United States Republican Party. He has criticized the Bush Administration on many things, such as the Iraq War.
Secretary of Defense Nomination[change]
- Hagel was raised in the Roman Catholic faith; see cached excerpt from Charlyne Berens' biography, Chuck Hagel, which refers to Hagel's parents as "pillars of their Catholic church"; Hagel's father; Charles Hagel had converted to the Catholic faith of his wife. Page 17 of the same work refers to Hagel as "now an Episcopalian."
- Memoli, Michael A. (February 26, 2013). "Senate confirms Chuck Hagel as new Defense secretary". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-senate-confirms-chuck-hagel-defense-secretary-20130226,0,357216.story. Retrieved February 27, 2013.