Chuck Hagel

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Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. 130227-A-SS368-001.jpg
24th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
February 27, 2013 – February 17, 2015
President Barack Obama
Deputy Ash Carter
Robert Work
Preceded by Leon Panetta
Succeeded by Ash Carter
Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
In office
October 28, 2009 – February 27, 2013
Served with David Boren
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Steve Friedman
Succeeded by Shirley Jackson
Jami Miscik (2014)
Chair of the Intelligence Oversight Board
In office
October 28, 2009 – February 27, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Stephen Friedman
Succeeded by Dan Meltzer
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
(1946-10-04) October 4, 1946 (age 71)
North Platte, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patricia Lloyd (1979–1982)
Lilibet Ziller (1985–present)
Children 2
Education Brown College
University of Nebraska, Omaha (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1967–1968
Rank Army-USA-OR-05-2015.svg Sergeant
Unit 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
9th Infantry Division[1]
Battles/wars Vietnam War (WIA)
Awards Purple Heart (2)
Army Commendation Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Combat Infantryman Badge

Chuck Hagel (/ʌk ˈhɡəl/ chuk HAY-gəl;[2] born October 4, 1946) was the 24th 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.”[3][4]

He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 26, 2012 to become Secretary of Defense[5] 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.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Charles Timothy Hagel: Digital Collection: Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)". Lcweb2.loc.gov. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  2. "Pronounce - Browse all names for U.S." VOA News. Retrieved 2013-12-7.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change October 13, 2014 New York Times
  4. The Military Takes on Climate Change Deniers October 23, 2014 BusinessWeek
  5. Memoli, Michael A. (February 26, 2013). "Senate confirms Chuck Hagel as new Defense secretary". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  6. Stewart, Phil; Holland, Steve (November 24, 2014). "Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary". Reuters. Archived from the original on November 25, 2014. 

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