Chuck Hagel

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Chuck Hagel
United States Secretary of Defense
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 27, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Ashton Carter
Preceded by Leon Panetta
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by James Exon
Succeeded by Mike Johanns
Personal details
Born Charles Timothy Hagel
October 4, 1946 (1946-10-04) (age 68)
North Platte, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patricia Lloyd (1979-82)
Lilibet Hagel (1985-present)
Children 2
Alma mater Brown College
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Religion Episcopalian[1]
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1967–1968
Rank Sergeant
Unit 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
9th Infantry Division[2]
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Purple Heart (2)
Army Commendation Medal
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross
Combat Infantryman Badge

Chuck Hagel (/ʌk ˈhɡəl/ chuk HAY-gəl;[3] 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.

In October 2014, speaking at a meeting of defense ministers in Peru, Hagel highlighted a report’s findings of the global security threats of climate change and global warming; stating “The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere,” and “Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration.”[4][5]

He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 26, 2012 to become Secretary of Defense[6] during Barack Obama's second term replacing Leon Panetta.

On November 24, 2014, it was announced that Hagel would resign the position of Secretary of Defense due to job stress and decisions on ISIS/ISIL.[7]

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